One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sapling from an ash tree, typically used as a walking stick.
walking stick, cane, staffView synonyms
- ‘Also reported were a variety of sticks and other instruments including ashplants, blackthorn sticks, brush handles, pointers, farm implements, drain rods, rubber tyres, fan belts, horse tackle, sliotars and hurleys.’
- ‘[The women] had detached the two ashplants from their baggage and were making good use of them as aids to the ascent of the hill.’
- ‘We also played tip-cat and hockey with ashplants.’
- ‘An ashplant was the name for a common implement among farmers and drovers of cattle in Ireland, made from a sapling of an ash tree.’
- ‘I will look for that article on the ashplant.’
- ‘He took the hilt of his ashplant, lunging with it softly, dallying still.’
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