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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
1715-1725
1715-25; supple + jack1
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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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Encyclopedia Article for supplejack

rattan vine

any of various woody climbing plants with pliant, tough stems, particularly Berchemia scandens, of the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae), also known as rattan vine. B. scandens occurs in the central and southern United States. It climbs to the tops of trees and has alternate, elliptical (oblong oval) leaves 3-7.5 cm (1.25-3 inches) long. The small, greenish white flowers are borne in a terminal cluster; the bluish black fruit is about 1 cm in diameter.

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