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jackstraw


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jackstraw  \Jack"straw`\,  n. 
  1.  An  effigy  stuffed  with  straw;  a  scarecrow;  hence  a  man 
  without  property  or  influence.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  One  of  a  set  of  straws  of  strips  of  ivory,  bone,  wood, 
  etc.,  for  playing  a  child's  game,  the  jackstraws  being 
  thrown  confusedly  together  on  a  table,  to  be  gathered  up 
  singly  by  a  hooked  instrument,  without  touching  or 
  disturbing  the  rest  of  the  pile.  See  {Spilikin}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  jackstraw 
  n  :  a  thin  strip  of  wood  used  in  playing  the  game  of  jackstraws 
  [syn:  {spillikin}] 




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