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verbyandied, yandying, yandies[with object]Australian
Separate (grass seed or a mineral) from the surrounding refuse by shaking it in a special shallow dish.
- ‘As a child, Tjayanka learnt to carve utilitarian objects such as wana (digging sticks) and kanilpa (basin for collecting and yandying seeds).’
- ‘The pods were threshed, and the seeds variously winnowed, yandied, parched, pounded, ground, and made into a paste to be baked into cakes.’
- ‘After then we went to Pilykunkura, yandying for tin.’
- ‘At last I try roasting them in the oven in their pods before crushing the lot and yandying, the Aboriginal way of sorting seeds.’
- ‘We had a meeting that we're going to start yandying tin, all that sort of thing.’
A shallow dish used for separating grass seed or a mineral from the surrounding refuse.
- ‘I have seen Aboriginal people using yandies in the Pilbara district to recover cassiterite though.’
From Yindjibarndi (an Aboriginal language of western Australia).
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