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Kecksy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kecksy (Bot) The hollow stalk of an umbelliferous plant, such as the cow parsnip or the hemlock. "Nothing teems
      But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kecksy Same as kex. Nothing teems
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kecksy . See Kex.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Properly pl. of kex,. See Kex

Usage

In literature:

Kecksies or Kecks are the dried and withered stems of the Hemlock, and the name is occasionally applied to the living plant.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Kecksies, stalks of hemlock, 224.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
On Sunday night these gallants went into the Imperial Hotel, Piazza, Covent-garden, and asked if "Mr. Kecksy" was there.
"Mornings at Bow Street" by John Wight
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