Berchemia volubilus
Supple-jack Sup"ple-jack`, n. (Bot.) (a) A climbing shrub ({Berchemia volubilus}) of the Southern United States, having a tough and pliable stem. (b) A somewhat similar tropical American plant ({Paullinia Curassavica}); also, a walking stick made from its stem. [1913 Webster]

He was in form and spirit like a supple-jack, . . . yielding, but tough; though he bent, he never broke. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

Note: This name is given to various plants of similar habit in different British colonies. [1913 Webster]


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  • Paullinia Curassavica — Supple jack Sup ple jack , n. (Bot.) (a) A climbing shrub ({Berchemia volubilus}) of the Southern United States, having a tough and pliable stem. (b) A somewhat similar tropical American plant ({Paullinia Curassavica}); also, a walking stick made …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Supple-jack — Sup ple jack , n. (Bot.) (a) A climbing shrub ({Berchemia volubilus}) of the Southern United States, having a tough and pliable stem. (b) A somewhat similar tropical American plant ({Paullinia Curassavica}); also, a walking stick made from its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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