lawyer vine

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lawyer vine (plural lawyer vines)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) Any of various chiefly climbing plants of coastal Australia, especially of the genus Calamus, with strong curved hooks. [from 19th c.]
    • 2005, David Malouf, A First Place, Vintage, published 2015, page 75:
      When we got there, Chillagoe turned out to be a single chimneystack sticking up out of acres of ruins under waist-high lawyer vines.


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