from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having white shafts or shaft-lines of the feathers: as, the white-shafted fantail, Rhipidura albiscapa. Compare red-shafted, yellow-shafted.


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  • The parents of the white-shafted ternlet (STERNA SINENSIS), the most sylph-like of birds, with others of the family, ever on the look-out, follow in circling, screaming mobs the disturbance on the surface of the sea caused by small fish vainly endeavouring to elude the crafty bonito and porpoise, and take ample supplies to the ever-hungry young.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Hopper, the Bosun who had fought so stoutly, helped Sharpe down into the barge which was painted dazzling white with a red stripe around its gunwales to match the red bands painted on the white-shafted oars.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Mingled with these were a few of our common deciduous trees, the white-shafted sycamore, the gray beech, and the shrubby black-jack oak, with broad leaves, brown and dead, yet glossy, and reflecting the sun-beams.

    A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States; With Remarks on Their Economy

  • Sadlowski, 22, the two-time defending world long-drive champion, is swinging his white-shafted, 7.5-degree driver, posing for photographs against a black backdrop in a stately clubhouse in Vail, Colo.


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