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cornstalk Line breaks: corn|stalk
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnstɔːk/

Definition of cornstalk in English:


Australian /NZ informal
1A person born or resident in New South Wales: he was keen to recruit someone other than a cornstalk in order to counter the Sydney bias
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  • The Federation Flag was flown as commonly, particularly in NSW, in part because cornstalks thought the Blue Ensign as so close to the Victorian flag it made no difference.
  • There were cornstalk Smiths, Victorian Smiths, and Smiths who eat the crow; there were Maori Smiths, Tasmanian Smiths, and parched up-Smiths from Cairns.
  • He was also keen to recruit someone other than a Cornstalk in order to counter the Sydeney bias.
1.1 archaic A native-born Australian, as distinct from an immigrant: as fast as the cornstalks grew, new settlers from Britain arrived with their cultural baggage
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  • There was a Cornstalk who came to a marquee in which certain of us were sitting one rainy afternoon.
  • A 'cornstalk' daughter-in-law was the last thing the Honourable Frederick wanted.
  • The cornstalks represented a "long and attenuated form of growth" with poor muscular development.


Early 19th century: with allusion to the alleged tallness and leanness of native-born Australians.

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