Definition of lawyer vine in English:

lawyer vine

(also lawyer cane)


  • 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

    • ‘Instead of willow, baskets are made from lawyer vine.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 20th century: probably so named by humorous analogy with ‘tortuous’ legal arguments.