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Niggerhead

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Niggerhead A strong black chewing tobacco, usually in twisted plug form; negro head.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n niggerhead An inferior kind of tobacco pressed in a twisted form.
    • n niggerhead A rounded boulder or rock; especially, a roundish black rock on the coast of Florida, sometimes covered with only a few inches of water.
    • n niggerhead Also, applied to boulders of chromite in the region north of Baltimore, Maryland, and generally, among English-speaking peoples, to any tough black rock in loose boulders.
    • n niggerhead In swampy land, tufts or clumps of sedge and grass growing up stiffly, and somewhat resembling a black head.
    • n niggerhead A spool or capstan for lifting or hauling, formed on the end of a shaft which is turned by power: so callod bocause it is usually black. Also known as a wildcat.
    • n niggerhead In botany:
    • n niggerhead The cone-flower or black-eyed-Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.
    • n niggerhead The common greenbrior or catbrior, Smilax rotundifolia.
    • n niggerhead A towing bitt; an upright timber to which towing hawsers are secured.
    • n niggerhead A fresh-water mussel, Quadrula ebena, of the Mississippi River, used in the manufacture of pearl buttons. It is rather small with a thick shell and a black or dark brown outer skin.
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Usage

In literature:

The yucca and niggerhead cactus grew everywhere.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
A niggerhead rock the size of an egg had caught Bill just behind his left ear.
"Whirligigs" by O. Henry
It was a clay pipe and niggerhead tobacco.
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
To-day he was to have taken a load of stones, granite niggerheads of all sizes, up to Colonel Stratton's place.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
Boepple began, at Muscatine, Iowa, to utilize the unio or "niggerhead" shells found along the Mississippi.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Niggerheads, i, p xxii.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Where was the niggerhead swamp, the mud, the unrest, the mad fever of '98?
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
A niggerhead rock the size of an egg had caught Bill just behind his left ear.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Moreover, they stumbled and staggered aimlessly through the niggerheads.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Now the niggerheads start with a pounding and sputtering that make the bridge quiver.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
How many years, he wondered, was it since he had last thought of niggerheads?
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel
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In news:

Niggerhead Revisited, Starring Herman Cain.
Hunting camp once leased by Perry's family and frequented by the Texas governor was reportedly called 'Niggerhead'.
It suggests questionable judgment to take political supporters to a place that was once called "Niggerhead" and is still known as "Niggerhead," amongst locals.
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