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string

[cf. Cayman, a thin piece of thatch leaf used for tying (Fuller 68); OED fibre or vein from a leaf] n. 1. a section of a palm leaf used for tying or weaving: 1974 Each section of the leaf, locally referred to as "string", was separated from the stalk. These strings were plaited and were then sometimes sewn into baskets and mats (Munroe 9). [Pointing to a palm frond] This is the string and this is the trash (Ragged). (Gen.)

2. [OED, a number of herrings or other fish strung on a thread passed through the gills] fish or conch on a string, the usual packing method before plastic bags: 1940 So he grab he string o' fish (Dupuch 86). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-10-31 18:44
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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