scarecrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scarecrow an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In The Wizard of Oz the Scarecrow was looking for a brain, the Cowardly Lion was looking for courage, and the Tin Man was looking for a heart.
    • Scarecrow A person clad in rags and tatters. "No eye hath seen such scarecrows . I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat."
    • Scarecrow Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger. "A scarecrow set to frighten fools away."
    • Scarecrow (Zoöl) The black tern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scarecrows frighten birds because of the human odor emitted from the clothes they wear. Come rain and wind, this odor dissapears. (tip for people who dont bathe often)
    • n scarecrow A figure of straw or clouts, made in grotesque semblance of a man, set in a grain-field or a garden to frighten off crows and other birds from the crops; hence, anything set up or intended to frighten or keep off intruders, or to terrify the foolish.
    • n scarecrow A person so poor and so meanly clad as to resemble a scarecrow.
    • n scarecrow The black tern, Hydrochelidon fissipes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scarecrow anything set up to scare away crows or other birds: a vain cause of terror: a person meanly clad: the black tern
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Quotations

  • Thomas H. Huxley
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    “Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. skerrenskerre, frightened—Ice. skjarr, timid.

Usage

In literature:

What a miserable, haggard scarecrow he did look, just like some poor beggarly tramp.
"The New Forest Spy" by George Manville Fenn
Two scarecrow objects, covered with rags and rusty links of chains, depended from the tree.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He looks like a scarecrow!
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He looked so pitifully like a scarecrow.
"The Lilac Lady" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Here, once and for all, Cousin Helen, we combine to pull down and bury that scarecrow.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
This scarecrow had not said a word to anyone during the drive.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
I love not to see a maid so like to a scarecrow as thou.
"For the Master's Sake" by Emily Sarah Holt
I look like a scarecrow!
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
Why, the pony is stone blind, and as scraggy as a scarecrow, so there's not much driving to be had out of him.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Mostly I was looking at this scarecrow beside me.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It appears he wandered into the country and saw in the middle of a field a scarecrow.
"A Soldier's Life" by Edwin G. Rundle
As for the crew, they were as suspicious and as desperate-looking a lot of scarecrows as could be imagined.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Rush out upon the old ladies and snatch it from Scarecrow's hand!
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
I shall look like a scarecrow.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
You look almost as absurd as Rogers here; I thought some scarecrow had been stuck up by the gate.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
I have but to set my foot outside the house and thy tongue wags like the clothing of a scarecrow.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He had attempted to use the scarecrow he had stolen from the cornfield across the road to bewilder anybody who might pursue him.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
I was a picturesque scarecrow when I reached the settlements.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
Who could ever suspect a scarecrow?...
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
He was a young Scarecrow, and this was his first one.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

'In and out among the cotton,
Mud, and chains, and stores, and anchors,
Tramped a squad of battered scarecrows -
Poor old Dixie's bottom dollar!
"Romance" by William Ernest Henley
But though it is stupid,
And though it is slow,
To fill such an humble position;
To be a good scarecrow
Is better I know
Than to scorn a lowly condition.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
He scowls purse-lipped. She yawns, and throws
Her arms in scarecrow crucifixion.
Clear of the hills, light’s wafer shows
In world-without-end benediction.
"Daybreak" by Gwen Harwood
Now the work is done,
And it's time for play,
For which John is glad I know;
For though made of hay,
If he could he would say,
"It's stupid to be a scarecrow."
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
Or a man that played on a tin-whistle:
He looked as he'd taken a scarecrow's rig;
Playing and playing as though his mind
Could do nothing else but go to a jig,
And no one around him, little or big.
"Dublin Roads" by Padraic Colum
Then Wilkes, shoulder high, through the village was borne
By the boys, with sound of the whistle and horn—
With a tin pail for drum; on the old beechen tree
They hanged, and then burned, the old scarecrow with glee.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

' Scarecrow ' and 'Hawkeye' fly onto DVD.
Courtesy of Kathy Loubsky, Scarecrow Festival coordinatora.
All other scarecrows must be picked up at the Brucemore Store and Visitor Center.
The public is invited to witness the invasion, October 13 through 27, Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, noon to 4 pm Vote for your favorite scarecrow October 13 through October 21.
Students and parents came up with unique creations in keeping with the event's theme, Build A Scarecrow .
Garden Club Hosts Create a Scarecrow Contest.
Posts With Keyword ' Scarecrow .
Recent news and coverage of Good Girl Gone Scarecrow .
Associated Bank in North Branch made this clever display for the Fall Harvest Scarecrow Challenge.
Families turn out for the fifth annual Bellport Scarecrow Building Contest.
The Scarecrow Festival at Lake Julian Park is on October 1 from 10 am - 4 pm The highlight of the Festival is the judging of the handmade Scarecrows .
Winning scarecrows are chosen by popular vote.
Scarecrows must remain up until 4 pm - winners are announced and prizes awarded at the end of the day.
A handmade scarecrow enjoying the sunny days of fall.
Parks and Recreation will once again be hosting Scarecrow Saturday on Saturday September 29, 11 am – 3 pm at the Fort Gratiot Pond, off of Parker Rd (btwn Keewahdin and Carrigan).
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In science:

Lanham: The Scarecrow Press. Egghe, L. (2005).
Information Metrics (iMetrics): A Research Specialty with a Socio-Cognitive Identity?
Cronin, Blaise (2005) The Hand of Science: Academic Writing and its Rewards (Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press).
On the shoulders of students? The contribution of PhD students to the advancement of knowledge
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