Definition of Barcoo dog in English:

Barcoo dog

noun

Australian
informal
  • An improvised noise-making device used to drive sheep in the absence of a sheepdog.

    ‘Barcoo dogs were rattled to keep the herd on the winding path’
    • ‘A "Barcoo dog" is exceedingly useful for driving sheep or goats without a dog to work them.’
    • ‘I remember seeing a couple of musicians who, when they played for children, would scatter a few Barcoo Dogs for the children to rattle along with them.’
    • ‘A number of "bush" instruments are introduced, such as the lagerphone and the barcoo dog.’
    • ‘I'd sooner sing these doleful drones by barcoo dog and lager phone.’