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  1. a group of any of the major bast fibers, as flax or jute, prepared for conversion into sliver form.
  2. any of the pieces cut from a layer of carded and combed silk.
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Origin of strick

1375–1425; late Middle English strik bundle of hemp or flax, stick for leveling heaping measures; cf. strickle
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Historical Examples of strick

  • I'll never have the man who's wanting the strick of carle hemp in the making of him!'

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Och, she's as valiant as a peacock, only strick down and overcome about your own self!


    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Strick un down in a moment wethout givin' ev'n a chance to say hes prayers and to make hes paice, so to spaik?

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • These two parts are severed when it is desired to utilize only the best part of the strick.

  • We didn't use no matches, 'stead we'd strick a rock on a piece of steel.

British Dictionary definitions for strick


  1. textiles any bast fibres preparatory to being made into slivers
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Word Origin for strick

C15 stric, perhaps of Low German origin; compare Middle Dutch stric, Middle Low German strik rope
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Word Origin and History for strick


"bundle of broken hemp, etc.," c.1400, from root of strike (v.). Also as a verb (c.1400).

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