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boodie, n.2

Brit. /ˈbuːdi/
U.S. /ˈbudi/
Forms:  18 boordee, 18–19 boodee, 18– boodie, 18– burdi (rare), 19– boody, 19– boudie. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: A borrowing from Nyungar. Etymon: Nyungar burdi.
Etymology: < Nyungar (Perth–Albany region) burdi.
The origin of the form in quot. 1840   is uncertain; it may reflect a variant of the Nyungar word.
Originally Austral.

  More fully boodie rat. A burrowing bettong, Bettongia lesueur, formerly found throughout mainland Australia but now considered rare or extinct except on islands off the coast of Western Australia.The status of quot. 1840   is uncertain: see note in etymology.

[1840   Hooker's Jrnl. Bot. 2 362   The native Burdit also burrows in the ground or lives in holes in the rocks.]
1842   J. Gould Birds Austral. (1848) II. Pl. 12   This bird chooses for its nest the deserted hole of either the Dalgyte (Perameles lagotis) or the Boodee (a species of Bettongia).
1863   J. Gould Mammals Austral. II. Pl. 64   Hypsiprymnus (Bettongia) Lesueuri..Boor-dee... The Boor-dee is exclusively a nocturnal feeder, and..one of the most destructive animals to the garden of the settler in Western Australia.
1897   L. Lindley-Cowen West Austral. Settler's Guide 33   Boodie rats..do some damage among the fruit trees and cereal crops.
1924   D. H. Lawrence & M. L. Skinner Boy in Bush vii. 96   Little hunts of wallabies or bandicoots or bungarras, or boody-rats.
1963   New Scientist 3 Jan. 12   Boodies apparently emit a series of grunts and chuckles when chased.
1975   R. Beilby Brown Land Crying 271   The orange-tinted, calcined earth was stamped with the prints of wallabies and boodie rats.
2011   Countryman (W. Austral.) (Nexis) 27 Jan. 33   We heard the distinctive hop-hop-hop of a boodie as it made its way to the small amount of feed placed on the ground.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).

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