[ nan-ee-gahy ]
/ ˈnæn iˌgaɪ /
a small red saltwater fish, Trachichthodes affinis, of Australian waters.
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Origin of nannygai
First recorded in 1870–75; perhaps from an Australian Aboriginal language of New South Wales
Words nearby nannygai
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British Dictionary definitions for nannygai
/ (ˈnænɪˌɡaɪ) /
noun plural -gais
an edible sea fish, Centroberyx affinis, of Australia, which is red in colour and has large prominent eyesAlso called: red fish
Word Origin for nannygai
C19: from a native Australian language
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