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  • n. Obsolete form of heronshaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Heronshaw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shaw or wood in which herons breed; a heronry.
  • n. A heron; a heronsew.
  • n. In heraldry, the representation of a heron, crane, or stork (all appearing alike).


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  • See here, old chap! you'll be older before you are younger, and some day you will know a hawk from a handsaw, _or_ hernshaw, according to which reading of

    The Merryweathers

  • 'This is the very place where Winnie wonst tried to save a hernshaw as wur wounded.


  • The wing of the hawk that shall fetch the hernshaw, 455

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

  • _To know a hawk from a hernshaw_ is an ancient proverb, sometimes corrupted into _handsaw_.


  • ‘In actual application a _heronshaw_, _hernshaw_ or _hernsew_, is simply a

    Early English Meals and Manners


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  • See heronshaw.

    September 20, 2008

  • Teach your parrot to speak better Spanish, my friend, interrupted I; do you think we do not know a hawk from a hernshaw? Imagine not that the simple denial of the fact will settle the business.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 1

    September 20, 2008