Crane's-bill

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crane's-bill (Surg) A pair of long-beaked forceps.
    • Crane's-bill (Bot) The geranium; -- so named from the long axis of the fruit, which resembles the beak of a crane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crane's-bill the Geranium, from a lengthened appendage of the seed-vessel
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cran; Ger. kranich, W. garan.

Usage

In literature:

The sweetest flower that grows up the hedgeside is the blue geranium, or meadow crane's-bill.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Geranium phseum (Dusky Crane's-bill) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Well-grown specimens of this charming Crane's-bill look remarkably well against dark stones.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Crane's-bill, 3, 196; Fig.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Tom was right in concluding that Bill Crane's influence over Peabody was anything but good.
"The Young Miner" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
So the third Frog got away; but he was badly lamed by the Crane's strong bill, and he never dared to open his mouth again.
"Wigwam Evenings" by Charles Alexander Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman
On Monday morning she paid her week's bill at the hotel and removed to the Misses Cranes'.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Crane's-bill root is without odor and the taste is very astringent.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Eleven species are natives of the British Isles and are popularly known as crane's-bill.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
But a far more lovely flower, that I first foregathered with, I think, in Yorkshire, is the wild blue geranium, or meadow crane's-bill.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
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In news:

Apparently, ESPN columnist Bill Simmons didn't think Jim Crane's purchase was the wisest move.
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