[ yab-ee ]
/ ˈyæb i /
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a small Australian crayfish, of the genus Cherax, inhabiting streams and water holes.
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Origin of yabby
First recorded in 1890–95; from Wergaia (an 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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