from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In agriculture, a form of tongs with curved jaws for raising carrots and beets from the ground.
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Oh, I do see myself to-day that one man who appeared in the elder world, blonde, ferocious, a killer and a lover, a meat-eater and a root-digger, a gypsy and a robber, who, club in hand, through millenniums of years wandered the world around seeking meat to devour and sheltered nests for his younglings and sucklings.
There is the root-digger, whose booty of mountain ovens is said to go to far Turkey to be turned into scent.
Every root-digger in the bunch had caught on except Sillcocks.
Then the boy found the root-digger; and, again picking up the dog, he carried them both to the lodge, saying,
Then the young man changed himself into a root-digger,  and he said, "That is I."
"Look, mother! see the pretty root-digger I have found!"