Definition of lawyer vine in English:

lawyer vine

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(also lawyer cane)

noun

  • 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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