towsack
Gunny Gun"ny (g[u^]n"n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun"ny cloth`(kl[o^]th`; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} and {C. capsularis}), of India. The fiber is also used in the manufacture of cordage. [1913 Webster]

{Gunny bag} or {Gunny sack}, a sack made of gunny or burlap, used for coarse commodities. In the southern U. S. similar sacks are called {crocus sack}, {croker sack}, {towsack}, and {grass sack}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • towsack — /toh sak /, n. South Midland and Southern U.S. gunnysack. [1925 30, Amer.; appar. TOW1 + SACK1] Regional Variation. See gunnysack. * * * …   Universalium

  • towsack — tow•sack [[t]ˈtoʊˌsæk[/t]] n. dial. South Midland and Southern U.S. gunnysack • Etymology: 1925–30, amer.; appar. tow I+sack I …   From formal English to slang

  • towsack — /toh sak /, n. South Midland and Southern U.S. gunnysack. [1925 30, Amer.; appar. TOW1 + SACK1] Regional Variation. See gunnysack …   Useful english dictionary

  • gunnysack — /gun ee sak /, n. a sack made of gunny or burlap. Also called gunny bag /gun ee bag /. [1860 65; GUNNY + SACK1] Regional Variation. CROCUS SACK, CROKER SACK, GRASS SACK, and TOWSACK are widely used in the Southern U.S. as synonyms for GUNNYSACK;… …   Universalium

  • C capsularis — Gunny Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • C olitorius — Gunny Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crocus sack — Gunny Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • croker sack — Gunny Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grass sack — Gunny Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gunny — Gun ny (g[u^]n n[y^]), n., Gunny cloth Gun ny cloth (kl[o^]th ; 115). [Hind. go[.n], go[.n][imac], a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus {Corchorus} ({C. olitorius} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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