Definition of bindi-eye in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbindiˌī/ /ˈbɪndɪˌaɪ/


  • A small perennial Australian plant of the daisy family, with a spiky fruit similar to a burr.

    Calotis cuneifolia, family Compositae

    ‘It should be, when a patch of bindi-eye would pose a bigger threat than the Hastings defence.’
    • ‘The bitumen melted on the road outside and stuck to our thongs - it was the first summer I remember I actually chose to wear shoes - even the bindi-eyes burnt through your calluses.’
    • ‘Despite last night's rain, the coarse grass, infested with patches of burrs and bindi-eyes, crunched under her sandaled feet, the wetness flicking up on her legs, itching her skin.’
    • ‘And my mother's lemon meringue pie and the bindi-eyes in, the backyard,’
    • ‘The local flora of the immediate area is grass, more grass, and bindi-eye.’
    • ‘I reckon what really gives the bindi-eyes their big edge over all else is that their flower is borne well below the level of the mower blade.’
    • ‘Actually, there are two kinds of bindi-eyes.’
    • ‘She would have run off, if I had let her - I caught her one day heading for the thistled horse paddocks; after that I kept her tender feet unshod and let the bindi-eyes do the policing with their peculiarly masculine and wordless perseverance.’
    • ‘My childhood summers on the Central Coast were spent in a house at McMasters Beach with an outdoor dunny full of redback spiders, a vast lawn full of bindi-eye and a tramp through the bush to the beach.’
    • ‘Bindii (bindi-eye) - ferocious little plants that lurk in the lawn and then attach themselves to any part of the anatomy they can reach.’
    • ‘He told me of one disciplinary action where students had to carry timber in bare feet across an oval, which had a lot of bindi-eye in the turf (bindi-eye is a particularly unpleasant little prickle which blooms around October in these parts).’
    • ‘The traditional suburban back yard replete with bindi-eyes, Hills Hoist, barbecue and pool is on the way out, with an increasing number of homeowners opting for smaller, sustainable, environmentally friendly gardens.’


Early 20th century perhaps from an Aboriginal language.