Share this entry
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.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources