Meaning of bardie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːdi/

nounplural noun bardies

(also bardee)
  • The edible larva or pupa of certain insects.

    a longhorn beetle that bores within stems (Bardistus cibarius, family Cerambycidae).
    a moth that develops underground on roots (family Hepialidae, especially Trictena argentata).

    ‘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.