[Ads-l] planers, sawyers and snags

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 6 11:31:35 EST 2016

Suspect it should be "planters." OED def 9 for "planter" is: "U.S. regional
(chiefly Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley). A snag formed by a tree trunk
embedded in a more or less erect position in a river." Was a typo enshrined
somewhere along the way?

On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:

> An 1824 Act of Congress included in the Army Corps of Engineers'
> responsibilities "to remove sand bars on the Ohio and planers, sawyers, and
> snags on the Mississippi" rivers. I can't find "planers" in this sense
> anywhere. Perhaps someone out there with OED access?
> Thanks,

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