Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scorpion-shell, Pteroceras scorpio, found in the Indian ocean.
- n. In botany, a small spiny tree, Acacia Greggii, of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It sometimes reaches 30 feet in height and a foot in diameter, and bears bright creamy-yellow flowers in spikes and long, crooked, pendent pods. The wood is hard, heavy, fine-grained, durable, and strong, and of a rich brown or red color. It is called
uña de gatoby the Mexicans, and shares with A. Wrightii the name of cat's-claw.
“On our gun-deck all was bustle, smoke, grimy figures, and stern commands, while down in the engine and boiler rooms the sixteen furnaces were belching out fire and smoke, and the firemen standing in front of them, like so many gladiators, tugged away with devil's-claw and slice-bar, inducing by their exertions more and more intense combustion and heat.”
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