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Possibly from kex, putatively meaning "something inedible or that causes one to gag," from keck (to retch)[1]


kecksy (plural kecksies)

  1. The hollow stalk of an umbelliferous plant, such as the hemlock.

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  1. ^ 1833, T. F. Thiselton Dyer, Folk-Lore of Shakespeare, 2004, Facsimile Reprint, page 212 — It has been suggested that kecksies may be a mistaken form of the plural kex ; and that kex may have been formed from keck, something so dry that the eater would keck at it, or be unable to swallow it.