Punch, 35 (1858), 12.
A Botanical Root and Derivation
Describes the announcement at the Bombay Geographical Society of a 'specimen of the Walking-leaf from Java'. Considers that the species was originally in France and 'took French leaf, and walked off', and that 'cutting one's stick' derives from the properties of the leaf—viz. that it '"cuts its stick" and walks away'.
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