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A small perennial Australian plant of the daisy family, with a bur-like fruit.
- ‘And my mother's lemon meringue pie and the bindi-eyes in, the backyard,’
- ‘It should be, when a patch of bindi-eye would pose a bigger threat than the Hastings defence.’
- ‘Bindii (bindi-eye) - ferocious little plants that lurk in the lawn and then attach themselves to any part of the anatomy they can reach.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The local flora of the immediate area is grass, more grass, and bindi-eye.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Actually, there are two kinds of bindi-eyes.’
- ‘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.
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