from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several birds of prey including the red kite, buzzard or marsh harrier
- n. The futtock
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European kite.
- n. The buzzard.
- n. The marsh harrier.
- n. See futtock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of hawk.
He began to doze, and enjoyed small intervals of ease, till next day in the afternoon; during which remissions, he was heard to pour forth many pious ejaculations, expressing his hope, that, for all the heavy cargo of his sins, he should be able to surmount the puttock-shrouds of despair, and get aloft to the cross-trees of
To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without a roe, I would not care; but to be Menelaus!
Neither the Legs nor the Sailor cared for the gayety and the crowd of cities; the stout mariner's home was in the puttock-shrouds of the old
The ravenous vulture lives, the puttock  hovers
A kite, a glead, a puttock; alfo a greedy extortioner; a kind of flying fiflj.
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Neither the Legs nor the Sailor cared for the gayety and the crowd of cities; the stout mariner’s home was in the puttock-shrouds of the old “Repudiator.”
It was in vain for this unwieldy wretch to allege his utter incapacity; the boatswain's driver was commanded to whip him up with the cat-and-nine-tails; the smart of this application made him exert himself so much, that he actually arrived at the puttock shrouds; but when the enormous weight of his body had nothing else to support than his weakened arms, either out of spite or necessity, he quitted his hold, and plunged into the sea, where he must have been drowned, had not a sailor, who was in a boat alongside, saved his life, by keeping him afloat till he was hoisted on board by a tackle.
Knob" and "puttock", a terrific word that surely deserves reviving.