from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common marine alga, Polysiphonia elongata: so called from the long, cartilaginous, nearly naked branches, which bear tufts of filaments at the apex somewhat resembling the claws of the lobster.
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What better way to dramatize the awkwardness of adolescence (our bodies going all screwy, hair sprouting all over, those damn lobster-claws and tails) than through the distorted funhouse mirror of the carnival freak?
On thick, transparent glass slips lay whole files of meerschaum pipes, furnished with clear curved-amber mouthpieces: fishes 'heads, lobster-claws holding an eggshell, horses' heads, cows 'hoofs; rich cigar-holders of meerschaum, all over silver stars and gold bands.
He dodged here and there, avoiding the reaching lobster-claws of Ware by quick wriggles or by slapping his hands away as they thrust.
But Mademoiselle Sylvie, with that voice like a hoarse hyena and those lobster-claws of hands!
"Why, you see, when we girls catch a lobster we always keep the claws in our desk, to pass around and suck with our bread at lunch (don't you like lobster-claws?
"I presume so, and suck lobster-claws too, don't you?
"Is of a sort of sickly, mustard-colored satin with chocolate-colored trimmings, and wreaths of pink stuff and coral ornaments that look like lobster-claws.
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