Definition of bardie in English:


Line breaks: bar¦die
Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːdi
(also bardee or bardy)

noun (plural bardies)

  • The edible larva or pupa of certain insects, in particular:
    • a longhorn beetle that bores within stems (Bardistus cibarius, family Cerambycidae).a moth that develops underground on roots (family Hepialidae, especially Trictena argentata).
    More example sentences
    • They also enjoy beetle grubs known as bardees and green tree ants mashed into a paste with water and used as a drink.
    • It has a sort of Australian twang to it and is in common with several other similar phrases, all with the same meaning: starve the bardies [bardies are grubs], stiffen the crows, spare the crow.
    • The best way to find bardies is to find a local who knows what he is talking about.


mid 19th century: from Nyungar (and other Aboriginal languages) bardi.

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