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rampike

[ram-pahyk] /ˈræmˌpaɪk/
noun, Chiefly Canadian.
1.
a dead tree, especially the bleached skeleton or splintered trunk of a tree killed by fire, lightning, or wind.
Also called rampick
[ram-pik] /ˈræmˌpɪk/ (Show IPA),
rampole
[ram-pohl] /ˈræmˌpoʊl/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of rampike
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain
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  • What if after all rampike should not be at the dug-out, or, if there, should be himself short of grub?

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • "So that's the carcase as we have to watch," said rampike's voice in Ned's ear.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • And so saying rampike took hold of the corpse, and with Ned's assistance bore it out and laid it down upon the snow.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • "Looks as if that Chinee corpse had bin laughin' at us after all," muttered rampike.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • But rampike, who saw the thing, says that hands like the hands of the dead laid hold upon it and drew it away.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • For a few moments rampike twisted and turned the note about, trying to decipher the faint pencil-marks in the dim light.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • This was what really happened, but to rampike and the rest it seemed that the dead wrote.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • rampike promised to come up later on in the fall, but as yet he had plenty to do in his own claim.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • I believe it was rampike, because, having had more experience than Steve, he could bolt his food faster.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • "Then that may be rampike," muttered Ned; and the next day he got Anahem to show him the direction in which the dug-out lay.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley

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