supplejack

[ suhp-uhl-jak ]

noun
  1. a strong, pliant cane or walking stick.

  2. any of various climbing shrubs with strong stems suitable for making walking sticks.

Origin of supplejack

1
First recorded in 1715–25; supple + jack1

Words Nearby supplejack

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How to use supplejack in a sentence

  • At the time the men were piped to dinner, the supplejack had not gained more than at first on the chase.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The wind held steady, and the supplejack, as Tom declared, skipped along more nimbly than she had ever yet moved.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Bevan and the midshipmen had already reached the boat, and, jumping in, they pulled rapidly towards the supplejack.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The breeze was very light, and the schooner could still be discerned from the deck of the supplejack.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • He could ill spare so many hands, but he hoped by vigilance to keep the Spaniards in awe, and to navigate the supplejack.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston

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

  1. a tropical American woody sapindaceous vine, Paullinia curassavica, having strong supple wood

  2. any of various other vines with strong supple stems

  3. US a walking stick made from the wood of Paullinia curassavica

Origin of supplejack

1
C18: from supple + jack 1

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