One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Australian crab found along northern river estuaries, highly prized as food; a mud crab.‘can you really catch a muddie in the Brisbane River?’
- ‘I even managed to tie up some muddies one-handed.’
- ‘He said to me, “Look, Roger, he's brought us some muddies!"’
- ‘The blackfish are in their usual haunts and there are still some muddies about, apparently.’
- ‘Apparently if you catch a female crab it's good to leave her in because she might attract the attention of a male muddie.’
- ‘The lads are getting some muddies in the higher reaches of the river.’
- ‘The first photo features the slimy character we hope will attract a muddie into our crab pot.’
- ‘Bob and I next visited the fish market down by the harbour where he had been dispatched to buy some muddies.’
- ‘It is believed the muddie was recaptured without major incident.’
- ‘The muddies are still being picked up in North Creek.’
- ‘We'll be checking the crab pot each Saturday morning until we catch a muddie or give up!’
1940s: from mud + -ie.
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