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Kecksy \Keck"sy\, n.; pl. Kecksies (-s[i^]z). [Properly pl. of kex. See Kex.] (Bot.) The hollow stalk of an umbelliferous plant, such as the cow parsnip or the hemlock. [Written also kex, and in pl., kecks, kaxes.]

Nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"dry, hollow plant stem," late 14c., of uncertain origin. Klein says ultimately from Latin cicuta "hemlock."


n. 1 (context obsolete or dialectal English) The dried stem of certain large herbaceous plants. 2 (context obsolete botany English) A plant having such a stem; a weed, a kecksy. 3 (context rare English) A dry husk or covering.


KEX may refer to:

  • KEX (AM), a radio station (1190 AM) licensed to Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Kex, the name of a Mandalorian in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.
  • Kansai Commodities Exchange, a futures exchange in Japan
  • The NYSE ticker symbol for the Kirby Corporation
  • The dried stems and seeds of the Poison hemlock or similar umbelliferous plants.
  • File extension .kex for KEDIT KEXX macros, a subset of REXX

KEX (1190 kHz) is an AM, clear channel radio station licensed to Portland, Oregon. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and airs a news/talk format known as "NewsRadio 1190."

Because KEX is a 50,000 Watt Class A station, it reaches all of the Portland metropolitan area and beyond, providing grade B coverage as far south as Corvallis and as far east as The Dalles. At night, KEX can be heard around the Western United States and Western Canada. The transmitter is located in Sunnyside, Oregon with studios and offices in Tigard, Oregon. KEX is an active member of the Portland Area Radio Council.

Usage examples of "kex".

The flower stems are very hollow and dry, nearly as much so as the hemlock or kex, and I have found that when flowers have been cut, either from the moisture collecting in the stem, or some such cause, rot sets in lower down, and soon the branches of bloom head over.

But, sith men have learned of late to sow ashen kexes in ashyards by themselves, that inconvenience in short time will be redressed.