ashplant

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Etymology[edit]

ash +‎ plant

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ashplant (plural ashplants)

  1. An ash sapling.
  2. (Ireland) A walking stick.
    • 1922, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, page 264
      The colonnade above him made him think vaguely of an ancient temple and the ashplant on which he leaned wearily of the curved stick of an augur. / He began to beat the frayed end of his ashplant against the base of a pillar.
    • 1928, Mary Butts, Armed With Madness, page 8
      She look her hat, and ashplant, and left them.
    • 1969, Seamus Heaney, The Outlaw, line 20-21
      "She'll do," said Kelly and tapped his ash-plant / Across her hindquarters.
    • 2001, Carol Kendall, Erik Blegvad, The Gammage Cup: A Novel of the Minnipins, page 221
      Unconscious of their bulging eyes, he pounded on the door of the mayor's house with the knob of his ashplant.