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[kawrn-stawk] /ˈkɔrnˌstɔk/
the stalk or stem of corn, especially Indian corn.
Origin of cornstalk
1635-45, Americanism; corn1 + stalk1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Young Ellinipsico, son of cornstalk, was there, gay in his war-trappings and eager for the battle.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • But cornstalk and Logan would not lead a big force into any of the valleys.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • As he came to the ambush, Adelaide promptly thrust her cornstalk gun forward, with a loud cry of "bang!"

    The Bishop and the Boogerman Joel Chandler Harris
  • They were butchered after making a feast for cornstalk and his warriors.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • It is of much the same structure as the pith of cornstalk or elder, with which all are familiar.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • See p. 172, note 2, for sketch of life and death of cornstalk.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • Cephas found a cornstalk, and with hardly an effort of his mind, changed it into a fine saddle-horse.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • The harvest mouse sat on the top of a cornstalk and nibbled his supper.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • But cornstalk buried his tomahawk in the head of the first, and the rest turned back to fight the palefaces.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
  • Thus Quonna is a buffalo, Abrootoo is a cornstalk, Abbradi a plantain.

British Dictionary definitions for cornstalk


a stalk or stem of corn
(Austral, slang) a tall thin man
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