from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A standing dead tree or tree stump, especially one killed by fire.
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- n. A standing dead tree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See rampick.
Gran simply nodded as she stood as straight as a rampike, her hands folded.
For miles and miles, we see nothing against the clear blue sky but the spiry tops of evergreens; or perhaps, a gigantic skeleton, "a rampike," pine or hemlock, scathed and spectral, stretches its gaunt outline above its fellows.
"The vein runs out on the face of a cliff, 'bout forty paces from the first rampike pine; there's three or four rampikes, but the fire hadn't gone far into the bush."
When the moon rose, round and white and all-revealing, and threw sinister shadows from rampike and rock, he kept to the densest thickets and felt oppressed with strangeness.