Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long-handled brush used for driving away flies. It is often made of peacocks' feathers.
“A black girl brushed off the flies with a paper fly-brush, and another waited on table.”
“She was about 12 years old when she was given a job in the house, operating the fly-brush.”
“The fly-brush was constructed so that a piece of cloth, fastened on a wooden frame with hinges, could be pulled back and forth with a cord.”
“She had picked up the paper fly-brush and sat waving it irregularly, as if she were trying to brush away a swarm of confusing ideas.”
“Then there was quiet for a space, broken only by the click of knives against the heavy china and the indolent rustle of Cynthia's fly-brush.”
“He nodded in reply and was leaving the room when Cynthia detained him by a flourish of the fly-brush.”
“They sat down at either end of the dining-room table, Simmons standing at one side, his yellow eyes gleaming with interested affection and his fly-brush of long peacock feathers waving steadily, even when he moved about with the decanter.”
“She is also provided with a caudal appendage that ends in a patent fly-brush.”
“For it is obvious that a tail-fin must be used in quite a different way from a tail, which serves as a fly-brush in hoofed animals, or as an aid to springing in the kangaroo or as a climbing organ; it will require quite different reflex-mechanisms and nerve combinations in the motor centres.”
“A cleanly black girl shook a fly-brush over our shoulders as we ate, and the curious custom was maintained of sending a julep to our bedrooms before we rose in the mornings.”
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