Definition of Cornstalk

1. Noun. The stalk of a corn plant.

Exact synonyms: Corn Stalk
Group relationships: Corn, Indian Corn, Maize, Zea Mays
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem

Definition of Cornstalk

1. n. A stalk of Indian corn.

Definition of Cornstalk

1. Noun. (botany) The tough, fibrous stalk of a corn (maize) plant, often ground for silage after harvest. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) A single specimen of a corn plant once past the seedling stage and which may, at maturity, bear multiple ears of corn. ¹

3. Noun. (Australia slang obsolete) A non-indigenous person born in Australia. (reference-book last = Marshall first = Peter authorlink = coauthors = title = The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire publisher = Cambridge University Press date = 2001 location = Cambridge pages = 272 url = doi = id = isbn = 978-0521002547 ) A few decades earlier he[a non-indigenous person of Australian birth] would have been nicknamed a ‘cornstalk’, a sarcastic reference to the way in which Australian children, like colonial wheat, grew fast and gangly; but labels could change with great rapidity, and by 1882 ‘cornstalk’ had become a caustic term for the New South Welsh. ¹

4. Noun. (Australia slang pejorative) a non-indigenous native of New South Wales. ¹

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Definition of Cornstalk

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cornstalk

cornstalk (current term)
cornu ammonis
cornu anterius
cornu cutaneum
cornu inferius
cornu inferius cartilaginis thyroideae
cornu inferius marginalis falciformis hiatus sapheni
cornu inferius ventriculi lateralis
cornu laterale

Literary usage of Cornstalk

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1. Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical by William Henry Foote (1855)
"cornstalk—AND THE BATTLE AT POINT PLEASANT. THE name of cornstalk, the Shawanee Chief, once thrilled the heart of every white man in Virginia, and terrified ..."

2. History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia by Wills De Hass (1851)
"MURDER OF cornstalk. THE entire frontiers of Virginia and Pennsylvania now became the theatre of renewed Indian depredations, and the scene of a most fierce ..."

3. History of the Battle of Point Pleasant Fought Between White Men and Indians by Virgil Anson Lewis (1909)
"Many persons have an impression that cornstalk, the famous Shawnee chieftain who led the savage forces at Point Pleasant, was killed in the battle at that ..."

4. History of Kanawha County: From Its Organization in 1789 Until the Present by Geo W Atkinson (1876)
"cornstalk and Redhawk visit Point Pleasant, and are detained as Hostages—Colonel ... and the coolness of cornstalk—The atrocious Murder of the ..."

5. Stories of the Old Dominion: From the Settlement to the End of the Revolution by John Esten Cooke (1879)
"In a few minutes they were all lying dead on the floor, and that was the end of the great warrior cornstalk, and his son and friend. ..."

6. Adventures of Pioneer Children, Or, Life in the Wilderness: A Portrayal of by E. Fenwick Colerick (1888)
"cornstalk, and a young chief named Redhawk appeared at the garrison at Point ... cornstalk informed the Captain that, -with the exception of himself and the ..."

7. History of the Discovery and Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi: By by John Wesley Monette (1848)
"Speech of cornstalk; of Logan.—Stipulations of this Treaty.—Peace proclaimed, January 7th, 1775.—Suspicions against Lord Dunmore.—Emigration revives in the ..."

8. History of Ohio: The Rise and Progress of an American State by Emilius Oviatt Randall, Daniel Joseph Ryan (1912)
"Meanwhile cornstalk and Red Hawk had been perfidiously detained at Fort Randolph as hostages for the peaceful behavior of their tribes. ..."

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