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ugari definition


Define the English word ugari below. Ugari is a noun. Also define these 9 related words and terms: Queensland, edible, salt water, clam, Plebidonax deltoides, endemic, Australia, pipi, and pippie.



Borrowed from Yagara yūgārī.[1]



ugari (countable and uncountable, plural ugari or ugaris)

  1. (Australia (Queensland), also attributively) The edible saltwater clam Plebidonax deltoides, which is endemic to Australia.
    Synonyms: Coorong cockle, Goolwa cockle, pipi, pippie
    • 1880 July, “Redspinner” [pseudonym; William Senior], “Camping Out”, in Sylvanus Urban [pseudonym], editor, The Gentleman’s Magazine, volume CCXLVII (CCXLIX on title page), number 1795, London: Chatto & Windus, [], OCLC 1071746321, pages 63–64:
      Our blackfellows are animated by no sentiment, and, instead of posing in an attitude, surveying with poetical eye the truly grand scene, search for a bivalve called, in the aboriginal tongue, Yugarie, a delicate member of the mussel family, in much esteem by fishermen as bait, and by the natives as a bonne bouche which makes the sea-side tolerable. To us this trudge across the dismal swamps and sandy ridge signifies a final spectacle of great, if melancholy, grandeur; to Kings Brown and Brady it meant a heavy feed on Yugarie.
    • 1904, [Constance Campbell Petrie], chapter XVI, in Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland [], Brisbane, Qld.: Watson, Ferguson & Co., OCLC 792766419, page 123:
      Next morning these sisters went out on to the main beach to gather yugaries there.
    • 1917 August 16, The Bulletin, Sydney, N.S.W.: William Macleod for The Bulletin Newspaper Co. Ltd., ISSN 1440-7485, OCLC 958739094, page 22, column 4:
      The shell-fish Donax deltoideus, commonly called ‘ugari’ in Southern Queensland, seem gifted with intellect or reasoning powers.
    • 1980, Thomas Albert Roy, The Vengeance of the Dolphin, London: The Bodley Head, →ISBN, page 144:
      There was the inner core ready to eat with the wallaby, the baked fish, big pearl shell oysters in their shells, and yugari shell-fish.
    • 1989, J[ay] Hall; G. Bowen, “An Excavation of a Midden Complex at the Toulkerrie Oystermens Lease, Moreton Island, S.E. Queensland”, in Queensland Archaeological Research[1], volume 6, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Qld.: Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland, DOI:10.25120/qar.6.1989.135, ISSN 0814-3021, OCLC 1058556804, archived from the original on 8 May 2020, page 24:
      The occupants fished, flaked stone for artefacts and built fires but did not gather many shellfish locally (most of the few fragments found in this phase are identifiable as Eugarie from the east coast).
    • 1990, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, “Note”, in Jack Davis, Mudrooroo Narogin, Stephen Muecke, and Adam Shoemaker, editors, Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, published 1996, →ISBN, page vii:
      As we lived on an island, sea foods were in abundance. Our sea spirit Quandamooka, which the Europeans renamed Moreton Bay, kept us well supplied with food. Fish, oysters, crabs, quampee (pearl shell), eugaree (pippy) and dugong (sea cow).
    • 1996, John Lonie, “Friend of Dorothy”, in Acts of Love, Sydney, N.S.W.: Blackwattle Press, →ISBN, page 16:
      To all of us, suitcases were ports, sideboards duchesses and instead of pippies and macadamias, we had yugaries and bopple nuts, although we rather unimaginatively kept spelling the nut as it sounded despite Miss Ruthven's appeal []
    • 2006, Nerida Newton, chapter 2, in Death of a Whaler, Crows Nest, Sydney, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, →ISBN, page 19:
      When he walks barefoot on the damp sand tiny bubbles erupt, reveal the location of ugaris. [] When he sees a gap in the breaks, he takes precarious steps towards the worm, moves to the side of it and places the flesh of the ugari almost underneath it, []
    • 2009, Doris Gray-Woods, “The Coastal Survey of 1840”, in With Compass, Chain & Courage, Salisbury, Qld.: Boolarong Press, →ISBN, page 36:
      In front of him were great piles of blackened eugarie shells, relics of past aboriginal feasts. But the fires that had burned here among the dunes were long dead, and there was no sign of recent use of the site.
    • 2011, Graham Smith, “Pre-War Fishing at Point Lookout”, in Shadows of War on the Brisbane Line, Salisbury, Qld.: Boolarong Press, →ISBN, part I (Living at Goombi), page 31:
      There were three types of natural bait: ugari, worms and cunjevois. Ugari were a cockle type of shellfish that lived in the sand of ocean beaches and were easy to find. [...] If there were any ugari about, we would feel them between our toes, then pick them up and put them in a bucket or in our pockets.
    • Endemic definition
      Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs. (1 of 3 endemic definitions)

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