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, 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, 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, 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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Cite this Entry

“Yabby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yabby. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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