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yab·byalso yab·bie (yăb′ē)
n. pl. yab·bies
Any of several freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax of Australia, especially C. destructor, commonly raised for food.
[Wemba-wemba (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) yabij.]
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n, pl -bies
1. (Animals) a small freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax, esp C. destructor
2. (Fishing) Also called: nipper a marine prawn used as bait
vb, -bies, -bying or -bied
(Fishing) (intr) to go out to catch yabbies
[from a native Australian language]
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Past participle: yabbied
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