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yandy

Pronunciation: /ˈjandi/
Australian

verb (yandies, yandying, yandied)

[with object]
Separate (grass seed or a mineral) from the surrounding refuse by shaking it in a special shallow dish.
Example sentences
  • As a child, Tjayanka learnt to carve utilitarian objects such as wana (digging sticks) and kanilpa (basin for collecting and yandying seeds).
  • At last I try roasting them in the oven in their pods before crushing the lot and yandying, the Aboriginal way of sorting seeds.
  • The pods were threshed, and the seeds variously winnowed, yandied, parched, pounded, ground, and made into a paste to be baked into cakes.

noun (plural yandies)

A shallow dish used for separating grass seed or a mineral from the surrounding refuse.
Example sentences
  • I have seen Aboriginal people using yandies in the Pilbara district to recover cassiterite though.

Origin

From Yindjibarndi (an Aboriginal language of western Australia).

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