Definition of nardoo in English:

nardoo

Line breaks: nar¦doo
Pronunciation: /nɑːˈduː
 
, ˈnɑːduː
 
/

noun

  • 1An Australian fern with long stalks bearing either silvery-green clover-like lobes or woody globular cases containing spores, growing typically in water in areas of intermittent flooding.
    • Marsilea drummondii, family Marsiliaceae
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    • Eventually, in his final entry, he writes ‘I am weaker than ever although I have a good appetite, and relish the nardoo much, but it seems to give no nutriment….’
    • This five-page factsheet looks at Common nardoo which forms dense swards following flooding, and forms a dominant component of the groundcover layer.
    • Two Australian explorers, Burke and Wills, starved to ‘death’ eating Nardoo.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A food made from the spores of the nardoo, traditionally eaten by Aborigines: [as modifier]: nardoo flour
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    • Recent investigations can explain far more than the basis for such practices as the Aboriginal preparation of nardoo, or the true cause of death of two national heroes.
    • Apparently the plant is supposed to be nardoo, an indigenous wetlands plant from which, as that page points out, ‘Nutritious food can be made… if it is prepared correctly.’
    • The natives prepared nardoo by pulverizing the sporocarps on a flat, hollowed-out stone and then mixing the nardoo flour with water.

Origin

mid 19th century: from an Aboriginal language.

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