yab·​by | \ ˈya-bē How to pronounce yabby (audio) \
variants: or yabbie
plural yabbies

Definition of yabby

: any of various burrowing Australian crayfishes (genus Cherax, especially C. destructor) that are used for food

Examples of yabby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suddenly, one of the females caught a yabby and proceeded to roll and shake it to death, like a tiny, furry crocodile. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Can the World’s Strangest Mammal Survive?," 4 Feb. 2020 Yet another threat faced by platypuses are yabby traps, also known as Opera House traps because of their shape. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Can the World’s Strangest Mammal Survive?," 4 Feb. 2020 Display cases also hold opalized freshwater crayfish gastroliths, or yabby buttons, which are found only in Lightning Ridge’s opal mines. Michelle Innis, New York Times, "An Australian Town’s Rare Mix: Dinosaur Bones and Opalized Pine Cones," 5 July 2016

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First Known Use of yabby

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yabby

Wemba-Wemba (Australian aboriginal language of Victoria) yabij

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The first known use of yabby was in 1894

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“Yabby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yabby. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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