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

Definition of bardie in English:

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).
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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