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Meaning of JIM CROW

Pronunciation:  'jim 'krow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a crowbar fitted with a claw for pulling nails
  2. [n]  barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
 Synonyms: color bar, color line, colour bar, colour line
 See Also: crowbar, ideological barrier, pry, pry bar, wrecking bar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Jim"-crow`\, n. (Mach.)
    1. A machine for bending or straightening rails.
    2. A planing machine with a reversing tool, to plane both
  2. \Jim Crow\
    A negro; -- said to be so called from a popular negro song
    and dance, the refrain of which is ``Wheel about and turn
    about and jump Jim Crow,'' produced in 1835 by T. D. Rice, a
    famous negro minstrel. [Slang, U. S.]
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