Jacob's staff

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Jacob's staff
Verbascum thapsus
Fouquieria splendens

Noun[edit]

Jacob's staff (plural Jacob's staffs)

  1. (surveying) A single straight rod or staff, pointed and iron-shod at the bottom, for penetrating the ground, and having a socket joint at the top, used, instead of a tripod, for supporting a compass.
  2. Verbascum thapsus, the common mullein.
  3. The ocotillo, one of Fouquieria, a genus of desert shrubs of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers.