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for Stick insect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Stick \Stick\, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to
stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho,
Icel. stik a stick. See Stick, v. t..]
1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from
a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of
any size, cut for fuel or timber.
Withered sticks to gather, which might serve
Against a winter's day. --Milton.
2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether
in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a
staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or
stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.]
5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is
usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills,
etc., one made of wood is used.
6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
A stick of eels, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.]
Stick chimney, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and
cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.]
Stick insect, (Zool.), any one of various species of
wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidae,
which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form
and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in
such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They
thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which
they live. The common American species is Diapheromera
femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a
To cut one's stick, or To cut stick, to run away. [Slang]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike
bodies [syn: walking stick, walkingstick, stick
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