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  • adj. resembling or consisting of or embedded with long slender fragments of (especially) wood having sharp points


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  • Most of the bluing is worn from the barrel and the bold handle is slivery but it's still a tack driver.

    Best Bolt Action deer Rifles

  • The floor groaned underneath them, then cracked, and the center of the slivery spider dropped out of sight.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • Nan and Phoebe laughed as soft, slivery and bristled as drunken angels tinkling.


  • The slivery flesh stuck on highly arched ribs, and where the head was, I touched two polished bones -- perhaps horns.

    Karin Badt: Clips from India: Rameswaram (i)

  • PS a woman recognized the MLA program in my hand and asked the direction to the Hilton today as I was trucking off to the other hotel ... she had a black pencil skirt, sheer black hose, and these slivery strappy platform shoes with an incredible heel.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Only thing I can think of worse than dusty black pepper: slivery carrot sticks.

    Dustless black pepper.

  • I don't mind slivery carrot sticks as long as they're not embedded in Jell-O™ brand gelatin, but I don't think I've ever seen silvery carrot sticks.

    Dustless black pepper.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Potter, you are nothing but a scurry little slivery.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2005

  • Then Nuella felt the watch-wher's slivery tongue slide along the line of her jaw and he gave another happy chirp.

    Dragon's Kin

  • Lottie Hatfield, laboring up the long pathway from town, listened to the slivery patter and trickle of water on pine needles and reflected that, since her coming to the young town eight years ago, she had seen an average of maybe a year's worth of sunny days.



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