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
  1. a small freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax, esp C. destructor
  2. Also called: nipper a marine prawn used as bait
verb -bies, -bying or -bied
  1. (intr) to go out to catch yabbies

Word Origin for yabby

from a native Australian language
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