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As the crow fliesCrow Crow, n. [AS. cr?we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D.
kraai, G. kr?e; cf. Icel. kr?ka crow. So named from its cry,
from AS. cr?wan to crow. See Crow, v. i. ]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus,
having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It
has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
Note: The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is C.
corone. The common American crow is C. Americanus.
See Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion.
2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron
used as a lever; a crowbar.
Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight Unto my
3. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.
4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
Carrion crow. See under Carrion.
Crow blackbird (Zo["o]l.), an American bird (Quiscalus
quiscula); -- called also purple grackle.
Crow pheasant (Zo["o]l.), an Indian cuckoo; the common
coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See
Crow shrike (Zo["o]l.), any bird of the genera
Gymnorhina, Craticus, or Strepera, mostly from
Red-legged crow. See Crough.
As the crow flies, in a direct line.
To pick a crow, To pluck a crow, to state and adjust a
difference or grievance (with any one). brush-footed butterfliesNymphales Nym*pha"les, n. pl. [NL.] (Zo["o]l.)
An extensive family of butterflies including the nymphs, the
satyrs, the monarchs, the heliconias, and others; -- called
also brush-footed butterflies. FirefliesFirefly Fire"fly`, n.; pl. Fireflies. (Zo["o]l.)
Any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the
Note: The common American species belong to the genera
Photinus and Photuris, in which both sexes are
winged. The name is also applied to luminous species of
Elaterid[ae]. See Fire beetle.
Flier Fli"er, n.
An a["e]roplane or flying machine.
FlierFlier Fli"er (fl[imac]"[~e]r), n. [Form Fly, v.; cf.
1. One who flies or flees; a runaway; a fugitive. --Shak.
2. (Mach.) A fly. See Fly, n., 9, and 13
3. (Spinning) See Flyer, n., 5.
4. (Arch.) See Flyer, n., 4. GadfliesGadfly Gad"fly`, n.; pl. Gadflies. [Gad + fly.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied
genera of botflies.
Note: The sheep gadfly (Oestrus ovis) deposits its young in
the nostrils of sheep, and the larv[ae] develop in the
frontal sinuses. The common species which infests
cattle (Hypoderma bovis) deposits its eggs upon or in
the skin where the larv[ae] or bots live and produce
sores called wormels. The gadflies of the horse produce
the intestinal parasites called bots. See Botfly, and
Bots. The true horseflies are often erroneously
called gadflies, and the true gadflies are sometimes
incorrectly called breeze flies.
Gadfly petrel (Zo["o]l.), one of several small petrels of
the genus Oestrelata. GallfliesGallfly Gall"fly`, n.; pl. Gallflies. (Zo["o]l.)
An insect that deposits its eggs in plants, and occasions
galls, esp. any small hymenopteran of the genus Cynips and
allied genera. See Illust. of Gall. GorfliesGorfly Gor"fly`, n.; pl. Gorflies. [Gore (AS. gor) dung +
A dung fly.
Highflier High"fli`er, n.
One who is extravagant in pretensions, opinions, or manners.
HorsefliesHorsefly Horse"fly`, n.; pl. Horseflies.
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any dipterous fly of the family Tabanid[ae],
that stings horses, and sucks their blood.
Note: Of these flies there are numerous species, both in
Europe and America. They have a large proboscis with
four sharp lancets for piercing the skin. Called also
breeze fly. See Illust. under Diptera, and Breeze
2. (Zo["o]l.) The horse tick or forest fly (Hippobosca). KiteflierKiteflier Kite"fli`er, n.
See Kite, n., 6. [Cant] --McElrath. Thackeray.
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