niggerhead


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niggerhead

(ˈnɪɡəˌhɛd)
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1. (Recreational Drugs) a variant form of negrohead
2. (Geological Science) informal US any hard black rock or stone
3. (Environmental Science) informal NZ and US a knotted mass of roots in a swamp
4. (Plants) informal US any of various round, thorny cacti found in the Southern States
5. (Plants) a colloquial name for black-eyed Susan1
6. (Plants) informal Austral any of various grasses with dark seed-heads, belonging to the genus Enneapogon
7. (Animals) informal US any of several varieties of freshwater clam
8. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) censorious old-fashioned US a person active in obtaining political rights for Black people
9. (Nautical Terms) nautical a colloquial name for bollard1
References in classic literature ?
He would be lying in camp, dozing lazily in the heat of the day, when suddenly his head would lift and his ears cock up, intent and listening, and he would spring to his feet and dash away, and on and on, for hours, through the forest aisles and across the open spaces where the niggerheads bunched.
The American comedian and talkshow host Bill Maher referred to it as part of the reaction to the news that the hunting camp owned by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was called, until recently, Niggerhead.
Rick Perry has a solid record on civil rights, yet one wonders why the family hung out at a hunting camp known locally as the Niggerhead pasture.
The Devil's Pin Cushion, still called Niggerhead Cactus by the old timers, is this way; round with broad ribs and heavy spines that interlace and curve like chicken claws to protect the soft, water-permeated tissue inside from the thirsty animal residents of the desert, its bloom is red and sprouts from the top.
They used to call it Niggerhead Rock," Wadell said wistfully.