[ yab-ee ]
/ ˈyæb i /


a small Australian crayfish, of the genus Cherax, inhabiting streams and water holes.

Origin of yabby

1890–95; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Wimmera, Victoria) yabij
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British Dictionary definitions for yabby




noun plural -bies

a small freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax, esp C. destructor
Also called: nipper a marine prawn used as bait

verb -bies, -bying or -bied

(intr) to go out to catch yabbies

Word Origin for yabby

from a native Australian language
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