digging stick

noun
a pointed or spatulate wooden stick, sometimes having a stone weight or crossbar attached and used in primitive societies for loosening the ground to extract buried wild plant foods and for tilling the soil.

Origin:
1860–65

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One of the primary tools of the hunters and gatherers was the digging stick.
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