message stick

noun

a stick bearing carved symbols, carried by a native Australian as identification

Nearby words

  1. mess with,
  2. mess-up,
  3. message,
  4. message board,
  5. message center,
  6. message switching,
  7. message unit,
  8. messager,
  9. messaging,
  10. messalian

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Examples from the Web for message stick

  • But when a stranger had no message-stick, his life was not safe in a strange land.

    The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The message-stick went to Orkadal, and thence to Gaulardal, where the whole war-force was to assemble.

    Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
  • When a stranger carried a message-stick, it was safe for him to do his errand.

    The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp