Meaning of yandy in English:

yandy

verbyandies, yandying, yandied

[with object]Australian
  • Separate (grass seed or a mineral) from the surrounding refuse by shaking it in a special shallow dish.

    • ‘As a child, Tjayanka learnt to carve utilitarian objects such as wana (digging sticks) and kanilpa (basin for collecting and yandying seeds).’
    • ‘At last I try roasting them in the oven in their pods before crushing the lot and yandying, the Aboriginal way of sorting seeds.’
    • ‘The pods were threshed, and the seeds variously winnowed, yandied, parched, pounded, ground, and made into a paste to be baked into cakes.’
    • ‘After then we went to Pilykunkura, yandying for tin.’
    • ‘We had a meeting that we're going to start yandying tin, all that sort of thing.’

nounyandies

Australian
  • A shallow dish used for separating grass seed or a mineral from the surrounding refuse.

    ‘I have seen Aboriginal people using yandies in the Pilbara district to recover cassiterite though.’

Origin

From Yindjibarndi (an Aboriginal language of western Australia).

Pronunciation

yandy

/ˈjandi/