old squaw

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n old squaw a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Old squaw (Zoöl) a duck (Clangula hyemalis) inhabiting the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is varied with black and white and is remarkable for the length of its tail. Called also longtailed duck south southerly callow hareld, and old wife.
    • Old squaw (Zoöl) See under Old.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Old squaw a sea-duck of the northern hemisphere—also Old wife
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eald; Dut. oud; Ger. alt.

Usage

In literature:

Once a good-hearted old miner had bribed the squaws to let the children come to his cabin and get something to eat.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
An Indian basket he had bought from an old squaw at Hole-in-the-rock held her sewing materials.
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Its only inmates were three squaws and one old man.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
If he have squaw or childs, old Suma-theek, he go give life for them.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Look at that awful old squaw with only one eye.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Old squaw say, little squaw much good face, all time good, bucks no fight, yes.
"The Sheep Eaters" by William Alonzo Allen
The old squaws laughed very much at the young squaw.
"Narrative of the Captivity of William Biggs among the Kickapoo Indians in Illinois in 1788" by William Biggs
The old squaw Sit-in-the-Sun squatted in front of the last hut, her back against the log wall.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
They were jest two squaws by themselves, an old one, and a young one.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
A dozen of the squaws had formed a ring around the old sailor and were slowly closing in.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
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In poetry:

Behind the scared squaw's birch canoe,
The steamer smokes and raves;
And city lots are staked for sale
Above old Indian graves.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And merrily when that feast was done
On the fire-lit green the dance begun,
With squaws' shrill stave, and deeper hum
Of old men beating the Indian drum.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier