Definition of witchetty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪtʃɪti/
(also witchetty grub)

noun (plural witchetties)

A large whitish wood-eating larva of a beetle or moth, eaten by some Aborigines.
Example sentences
  • We were all admiring her British stiff upper lip as she gobbled down a witchetty grub as if it were a bar of chocolate.
  • But the grub that eats the plant is the witchetty grub.
  • When it comes to finding such Australian sweetmeats as witchetty grubs and honey pot ants, Aboriginal women are masters at divining underground hideouts.


From Adnyamathanha wityu 'hooked stick (for extracting grubs)' + varti 'grub'.

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