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cypress knee

one of the woody growths that project above water from the roots of the bald cypress.
Origin of cypress knee
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “Looks like a chunk carved out of a cypress knee,” adds a second.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • He was about five feet seven, but as tough as a cypress knee.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • The bullet extracted from the cypress knee, has been tried in the barrel of his gun, and found to fit exactly.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The cypress knee, out of which Woodley and Heywood “gouged” the smooth-bore bullet, is also examined, its position noted.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Now the problem of getting both the boy's legs on one side of the cypress knee was presented to them.

  • They saw Tad sitting on a cypress knee, gazing down into the black pool, a satisfied grin on his face.

  • Lilly now grabbed one of the truant feet, jerking it over to the other side of the cypress knee against its mate.

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