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supplejack

[suhp-uh l-jak] /ˈsʌp əlˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a strong, pliant cane or walking stick.
2.
any of various climbing shrubs with strong stems suitable for making walking sticks.
Origin of supplejack
1715-1725
1715-25; supple + jack1
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  • The supplejack had her lower yards across, and most of her stores on board.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • Two steamers at last arrived, the second came to relieve the supplejack.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The next morning the wind again set up the river, and the supplejack continued her course.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • As it was now growing dusk and the wind had fallen, the supplejack came to an anchor.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The current being strong, and the wind light, the supplejack made but slow progress.

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  • Bevan and the midshipmen had already reached the boat, and, jumping in, they pulled rapidly towards the supplejack.

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  • There could be little doubt that the supplejack would not escape without being fired at.

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  • The breeze was very light, and the schooner could still be discerned from the deck of the supplejack.

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  • At the time the men were piped to dinner, the supplejack had not gained more than at first on the chase.

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  • The wind held steady, and the supplejack, as Tom declared, skipped along more nimbly than she had ever yet moved.

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British Dictionary definitions for supplejack

supplejack

/ˈsʌpəlˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a North American twining rhamnaceous woody vine, Berchemia scandens, that has greenish-white flowers and purple fruits
2.
a liliaceous plant of New Zealand, Ripogonum scandens, having tough climbing vines
3.
a tropical American woody sapindaceous vine, Paullinia curassavica, having strong supple wood
4.
any of various other vines with strong supple stems
5.
(US) a walking stick made from the wood of Paullinia curassavica
Word Origin
C18: from supple + jack1
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