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  • Whether hooked, whip-like, barbed or spiny, those not! penis structures are likely used by male cockroaches to clear out rival spermatophores, according to the august authors of Cockroaches, the book.

    Boing Boing

  • Sleek and long, with graceful paws and whip-like tail, she purred, a soft mechanical drill.

    COG-WORK CAT • by Joyce Chng

  • It had to be a scorpion, look at its pincers, and its claw-like mouth, and its whip-like tail, I argued.

    Judith Acosta, LISW, CHT: Fear and Verbal First Aid for Children

  • Higher up the beach low piles of kelp knotted and tangled with whip-like thongs are half-hidden under fine blown sand.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • Citing the current wildfires raging in the West and in a whip-like government response to the 1988 fire in Yellowstone National Park, which destroyed one-third of the forest there, Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi has attached an earmark to a routine spending bill calling for the installation of 1,000 square mile automatic sprinkler system in America's national treasure.

    Bluff The Listener

  • "It seems like he's away from home a lot," Abdi Farah spars with the whip-like foil of his wit.

    ARTINFO: "WORK OF ART" RECAP: China Chow's Side of the Mountain

  • Because of superior genetics and training from an early age with the Cohe Wand (a whip-like version of a lightsaber), the Paratwa become the most deadly killers ever in human history.

    Oldie Book Review: "Liege-Killer" by Christopher Hinz

  • Their heads both stretched impossibly in the dim light, elongated and flailing whip-like at the air.

    365 tomorrows » 2008 » October : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham – New Book Paperback Triffids are fictional plants capable of animal-like behaviour: they feed on rotting meat are able to uproot themselves and move about on their three "legs" possess a deadly whip-like poisonous sting and appear to communicate with each other.

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  • I love Federer's game, especially that whip-like backhand, but I find myself rooting against him now.

    Rafa downs Federer in another 5-setter

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