Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hare's-foot trefoil, or rabbit-foot clover, Trifolium arvense. Also called harefoot.
- n. A tree, Ochroma Lagopus, belonging to the natural order Malvaceæ, a native of tropical America, the wood of which is very light, and therefore well adapted for rafts, boats, etc. It derives its name from the silk-cotton of the seeds, which protrudes from the openings in the large fruit after dehiscence, and resembles the foot of a hare. This cotton is used in stuffing cushions and pillows.
“The more demoralized among the little boys, whose sleepy eyes have been more than once admonished by the hare's-foot wand of the constables, -- the sharp paw is used for the boys, the soft fur is kept for the smooth foreheads of drowsy maidens, -- look up thoroughly awakened now.”
“He stooped to the fallen overcoat, took an old hare's-foot from one of his pockets, and, dipping it in the rouge-pot, took the shaving-glass in hand, and, with many facial contortions, pursued his toilet, looking from his own reflection to Paul's face and back again with swift alternation.”
“A thin coating of cold cream was passed over the face and neck; then the powder-puff changed what was yellow into white, and the hare's-foot gave a bloom to the cheeks.”
“To this Mrs. White mumbled something that was inaudible, and Kate thought suddenly of her rouge-pot and hare's-foot.”
“All right,' cried the prima donna, throwing the hare's-foot to the dresser, 'I must be off now.”
“I then made myself up more seriously: a blue shadow on the lids, a raven touch on the lashes; a flick of the hare's-foot under my eyes and on my ear-tips: an extra coat of pink and a brilliant (most injurious!) varnish on the nails.”
“He had even gone so far as to make up his face for the part, the clean-shaven soldierly face of the general of the Empire, ornamented with the "hare's-foot" whiskers which were handed down by the victors of Austerlitz to their sons, the bourgeois of July.”
“From the other end of this wand of office depended a long foxtail, or a hare's-foot, which he softly thrust in the faces of the sleeping Priscillas, Charitys, and Hopestills, and which gently brushed and tickled them into reverent but startled wakefulness.”
“She touched up her cheeks with a hare's-foot while she talked.”
“The silent maid approached her with a hare's-foot and a saucer, to put”
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