Definition of nardoo in English:


Pronunciation /nɑːˈduː//ˈnɑːduː/


  • 1An Australian fern with long stalks bearing either silvery-green clover-like lobes or woody globular cases containing spores, growing typically in water in areas of intermittent flooding.

    Marsilea drummondii, family Marsiliaceae

    • ‘Two Australian explorers, Burke and Wills, starved to ‘death’ eating Nardoo.’
    • ‘This five-page factsheet looks at Common nardoo which forms dense swards following flooding, and forms a dominant component of the groundcover layer.’
    • ‘Eventually, in his final entry, he writes ‘I am weaker than ever although I have a good appetite, and relish the nardoo much, but it seems to give no nutriment….’’
    1. 1.1mass noun A food made from the spores of the nardoo, traditionally eaten by Aborigines.
      as modifier ‘nardoo flour’
      • ‘Recent investigations can explain far more than the basis for such practices as the Aboriginal preparation of nardoo, or the true cause of death of two national heroes.’
      • ‘Apparently the plant is supposed to be nardoo, an indigenous wetlands plant from which, as that page points out, ‘Nutritious food can be made… if it is prepared correctly.’’
      • ‘The natives prepared nardoo by pulverizing the sporocarps on a flat, hollowed-out stone and then mixing the nardoo flour with water.’


Mid 19th century: from an Aboriginal language.