Share this entry

Share this page

message stick

Line breaks: mes|sage stick

Definition of message stick in English:

noun

(Among Australian Aborigines) a piece of wood carved with symbolic patterns, used as a means of communication between communities.
Example sentences
  • Symbolism in Aboriginal culture is used in a variety of ways to communicate ideas - making informal markings on sand to illustrate a story; inscribing message sticks with symbols to transfer news between groups.
  • Message sticks are an important part of traditional Aboriginal culture.
  • The students of each of the schools will, with the help of a visiting Aboriginal Artist, paint their reconciliation symbol on the Message Stick Stand.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something