Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the shape of a boat; navicular; cymbiform; hollow like a boat, as (in botany) the valves of some pericarps. Specifically, in ornithology, applied to the tail of certain birds, as the boat-tailed grackle, Quiscalus major, in which the plane of the feathers of each half meets that of the other half obliquely, slanting downward and toward the median line, and thus induces a reëntrance or hollow of the upper surface and a salience or keel below.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) See cymbiform.
- adj. having a concave shape like a boat
“Specifically, white boat-shaped 'Gandhi caps' are flying off the shelves.”
“Chancery Lane (+44 (0)1308 426876, thestabledorset.co.uk)On a seafront esplanade below West Weares cliff, this curious boat-shaped cafe was custom-built to replace a run-down public toilet (there are still ladies and gents at either end) but don't let that put you off – the view of Chesil beach from Quiddles' rooftop sun terrace is one of the best on the Jurassic coast.”
“Common cuts are the baguette, which is long and thin like the French bread; brilliant, a fat cone shape that optimizes reflected light; and the boat-shaped marquise cut.”
“I agree 100% with you, except to note that the above explanation is still just an empty phrase — given a boat-shaped rock and a rock-shaped rock (both of equal weight) the boat-shaped rock is more likely to float.”
“The boat-shaped, pitalike loaves of samun were so hot they melted the flimsy plastic of the striped, lavender-and-white bags into which the baker was furiously stuffing the bread, ignoring my attempts at small talk about the wonderful fragrance of his freshly baked dough.”
“The boat-shaped flatbreads (pides) are sometimes good, sometimes not.”
“What had once been a dark speck was now a boat-shaped shadow skipping along in front of them.”
“She climbed the stairs of the boat-shaped vessel and walked around the deck.”
“Nausts are boat-shaped casts, small dry docks cut from the turf where the islanders used to haul their yoals, or fishing boats.”
“Another day with Guy, I dug a boat-shaped hole out of the black soil behind the garage.”
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