from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A strip split or cut from an iron plate to be made into wrought nails.
  • noun In Australia, a coarse dark tobacco smoked by bushmen: named from the shape of the plug, which looks like a thin flat stick of licorice. The name is also applied to any coarse stick of tobacco. E. E. Morris, Austral English.


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  • But "nail-rod" is ninepence a stick out here, an 'I have ter pay carriage.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson 1894

  • But he very soon followed me, and, cutting a rod, beat me severely, and then told me to "go again and tell my mistress that he had hit me with a nail-rod, if I wanted to."

    The narrative of Bethany Veney : a slave woman, Bethany Veney 1889

  • Jehu Nimshi! thar he were right dab at my heels, head up, tongue out, and red as a nail-rod, and his eyes like two balls uv fire, red as chain lightnin. '

    Fisher's River (North Carolina) Scenes and Characters 1859

  • Forthwith, the chests were dragged out; the dark places explored; and two sticks of nail-rod tobacco, and several old "chaws," thrown aside by sailors on some previous voyage, were their cheering reward.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville 1855


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