One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian climbing palm which is thickly covered in sharp spines and recurved hooks. It grows in rainforest, where groups may form dense tangled thickets.
Genus Calamus, family Palmae
- ‘You can see examples of their crafts at the Falls Visitor Centre - shields made from fig tree buttresses, eeltraps from woven lawyer cane - and learn how the indigenes were crudely displaced.’
- ‘The stretchers are only two saplings with a blanket strung between them and sewn up with lawyer vine.’
- ‘Instead of willow, baskets are made from lawyer vine.’
Early 20th century: probably so named by humorous analogy with ‘tortuous’ legal arguments.
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