Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stick used by many primitive peoples, such as the natives of Australia, for digging roots. Also called digging-stick.

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Examples

  • She immediately lifted up her yam-stick in the position the men throw their spears, and prepared to defend herself, until at last she quieted down on observing the fish-hook, and advanced a step or two and took it from me, evidently knowing the use of it.

    McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia

  • When the little girls are first taken out by their mothers they are instructed in the use of the yam-stick, with which the roots are dug up out of the earth.

    Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

  • But there is, beyond this, one other unpublishable remark, which causes the husband to take up the yam-stick and fell the singer with one tremendous blow, which is frequently so serious as to disable her for many days.

    Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

  • Taking a yam-stick as pointer, I would often draw roughly in the sand almost every animal in Nature.

    Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

  • But the unfortunate wife occasionally makes the acquaintance of the heavy yam-stick in a very unpleasant, not to say serious, manner.

    Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

  • For the slightest offence or dereliction of duty, she is beaten with a waddy or a yam-stick, and not unfrequently speared.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • A yam-stick is given to a girl when she reaches the age of marriage; with this she drives away any young man she does not fancy, for a mere "no" would not keep him at bay.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • Near these was a gin's yam-stick -- a stout stick with a sharp, flat point on one end and charred at the other, used for digging up roots, stirring the fire, or chastising a dog or child.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • When the little girls are first taken out by their mothers they are instructed in the use of the yam-stick, with which the roots are dug up out of the earth.

    The Adventures of Louis De Rougemont

  • But the unfortunate wife occasionally makes the acquaintance of the heavy yam-stick in a very unpleasant, not to say serious, manner.

    The Adventures of Louis De Rougemont

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