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Meaning of JACKSTRAW

Pronunciation:  'jak`stro

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws

JACKSTRAW is a 9 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: spillikin
 See Also: strip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Bank protection element consisting of wire or cable strung on three mutually perpendicular struts.