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digging stick

  1. a pointed or spatulate wooden stick, sometimes having a stone weight or crossbar attached and used in primitive societies for loosening the ground to extract buried wild plant foods and for tilling the soil.
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Origin of digging stick

First recorded in 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of digging stick

  • She took the basket and digging-stick home with her, put them up safely.

    Creation Myths of Primitive America

    Jeremiah Curtin

  • Like them, he wore nothing but the malo; with them he plied the digging-stick at planting time.

    The Fijians

    Basil Thomson

  • The first agricultural implement was probably the digging-stick, which was followed by the hoe.

  • The garden is older than the farm, and hoe and digging-stick vastly older than the plough.

  • Primitive woman had no plough, only the digging-stick, the agricultural implement of the Australians.