from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who drives away flies by means of a fly-flap.
  • n. A fly-flap.
  • n. One who turns fly-flaps.


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  • Siva and Vishnu upholding the throne of Brahma, -- four _syces_ running at the horses 'heads, each with his _chowree_, or fly-flapper, made from the tail of the Thibet cow, -- a fifth before, to clear the way, --

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858

  • To Tuamasanga he committed the orator's staff and fly-flapper, with which to do the business of speaking, and, as a residence, the central division of Upolu called

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • The boy went to perform the operation, but on stretching out his hand was seized by his grandfather, and beaten with the handle of his fly-flapper.

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • He set upon both of them with his fue, or fly-flapper, and hence the word to _fue_, or to fly-flapper, is used as a milder term to express beating or killing.

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • The speaker stood up when he addressed the assembly, laid over his shoulder his fly-flapper, or badge of office similar to what is seen on some ancient Egyptian standards.

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • Kahilis, which you may know developed out of the fly-flapper into symbols of royalty until they became larger than hearse-plumes with handles a fathom and a half and over two fathoms in length.


  • A young girl of fourteen, clad only in a single shift, or muumuu, herself a grand-daughter of the sleeper, crouched beside him and with a feathered fly-flapper brushed away the flies.

    The Bones of Kahekili

  • At Bashti's back, squatting on the bunk-boards, a slim and smooth-skinned maid of thirteen had flapped the flies away from his royal head with the royal fly-flapper.

    Chapter 11

  • A well-developed tail having been formed in an aquatic animal, it might subsequently come to be worked in for all sorts of purposes, —as a fly-flapper, an organ of prehension, or as an aid in turning, as in the case of the dog, though the aid in this latter respect must be slight, for the hare, with hardly any tail, can double still more quickly.

    VI. Difficulties of the Theory. Organs of Little Apparent Importance, as Affected by Natural Selection

  • Can we believe that natural selection could produce, on the one hand, an organ of trifling importance, such as the tail of a giraffe, which serves as a fly-flapper, and, on the other hand, an organ so wonderful as the eye?

    VI. Difficulties of the Theory. Difficulties of the Theory of Descent with Modification


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