Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus that have palmately cleft or divided leaves, such as the buttercups.
  • n. Any of several other plants having leaves or other parts somewhat resembling a bird's foot.
  • n. An iron ball with four spikes arranged so that one always points upwards, used to delay the advance of mounted troops and infantry; a caltrop.
  • n. Nautical A set of small lines passed through holes of a batten or fitting to help support the backbone of an awning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many plants, mostly of the genus Ranunculus, that have a leaf shaped somewhat like a bird's foot; especially the buttercups

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The genus Ranunculus, of many species; some are common weeds, others are flowering plants of considerable beauty.
  • n. A number of small cords rove through a long block, or euphroe, to suspend an awning by.
  • n. A caltrop.
  • n. A tool with a side claw for recovering broken rods, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical: A device consisting of small lines rove through a block of wood, fastened to the backbone of an awning, to keep it from sagging in the middle. A similar arrangement was formerly used to keep the foot-ropes of topsails from chafing against the top-rim.
  • n. In a ship-of-war, an iron stand fixed at one end to a table and hooked at the other to a beam above, on which the mess-kids, etc., are hung.
  • n. In botany, the name of the common species of Ranunculus or buttercup, having divided leaves and bright-yellow flowers. See Ranunculus.
  • n. A caltrop.
  • n.
  • n. The wind-flower, Anemone nemorosa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus

Etymologies

crow +‎ foot (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The zinc is, as a rule, of crowfoot form, as shown, whence this cell derives the commonly applied name of _crowfoot cell_.

    Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1 A General Reference Work on Telephony, etc. etc.

  • The seasonally flooded hollows are covered with sea clubrush Scirpus maritimus, bulrush Schoenoplectus lacustris, rushes Juncus sp. and crowfoot Ranunculus baudotii.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • Over 90% of the methane emissions from the river Frome in Dorset that reach the atmosphere do so via the stems of water crowfoot, Trimmer said.

    So Called Healthy Chalk Streams Are Damaging The Environment�� Scientists

  • Quite common are northern bur-reed Sparganium hyperboreum, small pondweed Potamogeton pusillus ssp. groenlandicus, dwarf water-crowfoot Ranunculus confervoides and occasionally awlwort Subularia aquatica, which only blooms if the pond is totally desiccated (where the mudworm Limosella aquatica also thrives).

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • It was only a big dock: but you know the dragon-fly had never seen any but little water-trees; starwort, and milfoil, and water-crowfoot, and such like; so it did look very big to him.

    The Water Babies

  • The numbers “116” and “117” were marked on it, along with the words “crowfoot” and “ice.”

    The Secret Life of Houdini

  • The man told Houdini the pages were 116 and 117 and that the first words on those pages were “crowfoot” and “ice.”

    The Secret Life of Houdini

  • Down in that hollow, Ada found a stand of goldenseal, the crowfoot leaves withered but identifiable where they stuck through the thinner snow on the lee side of a poplar so big through the trunk it would have taken five people holding hands in a circle to go around it.

    Cold Mountain

  • Examples of such untamed cereals are drinn, golden millet, kram-kram, panic grasses, wild rices, jungle rice, wild tefs, and crowfoot grasses.

    Chapter 8

  • Cadfael tucked up his habit and splashed through, shaking the little rafts of water crowfoot until the whole languid surface quivered.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

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