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fishing rod

a long, slender, cylindrical, flexible rod usually made of bamboo, steel, or fiberglass, for use with a reel and line in catching fish.
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Origin of fishing rod
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The uncle very amiably lent Kenneth his fishing-rod, and provided real bait in the most thoughtful and generous manner.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Even her hat, by the aid of a fishing-rod, had been recovered from the moat.

  • Swinging his fishing-rod round, he replied doubtfully that he thought philosophy was good to know how to do things.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "Here's your fishing-rod," she said, when I had released them and she had passed me my air-gun.

  • He held his fishing-rod, couched like a lance, in one hand, and a string of gleaming fish in the other.

    In Exile and Other Stories Mary Hallock Foote
  • Each stick, therefore, has a joint in the middle like that of a fishing-rod.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • The illustrious Napoleon was armed with a bean-pole, and the Iron Duke held in his hand the fragment of a fishing-rod.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • So I took my fishing-rod and flicked it at him, and there—I had caught the eel after all!

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • "You needn't put it that way," she answered, as she took up the fishing-rod and resumed her homeward walk.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • He carried, as he had the night before, his own gun-case and fishing-rod.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for fishing-rod

fishing rod

a long tapered flexible pole, often in jointed sections, for use with a fishing line and, usually, a reel
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