from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that splits logs, as for fences.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who splits logs into rails for making a rail fence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences


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  • Woods pigs were called razorbacks, painters, rovers, thistle-diggers, prairie sharks, land sharks, land pikes, wind-splitters, hazel-splitters, sapling-splitters, rail-splitters, stump suckers, elm peelers, piney woods rooters, and—puzzlingly, but perhaps because they were so hard to get a grip on—cucumber seeds.
    Mark Essig, Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig (New York: Basic Books, 2015), ch. 11.

    May 9, 2016