Perch-backed

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Perch-backed shaped like a perch's back
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perche—L. perca—Gr. perkē, a perch, prob. conn. with perknos, spotted.

Usage

In literature:

The nest to which the triumphant king-bird hurried back was audaciously perched in plain view of every prowler.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The girl never budged from her perch, but permitted the visitors to swing her back as the gate was opened.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Unable to control herself, she sprang up into a soft easy-chair and perched on the back of it.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
He parted his coat-tails and perched upon a straight-backed structure of mahogany, usually avoided by every caller.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
The Yellow Hen had perched upon the back of the chariot, where she could tell Dorothy more about her wonderful chickens as they rode.
"The Road to Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Poor Joan, perched on his back, grew sick, giddy, and terrified.
"Cornwall's Wonderland" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
WHEN PERCHED ON THE BACK SEAT OF A FRIEND'S DOG-CART; CAN TAKE NO PART IN THE CONVERSATION, AND HAS TO DEVOTE HIMSELF TO STICKING ON!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 20, 1893" by Various
At the back of the carriage, perched on a kind of bar and holding on tightly to the springs, was Bland.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
He swung Daisy up on his shoulder, where, from that dizzy perch, she looked back shyly at the noisy pack behind her.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
When he flew to the back of a chair and perched upon it, his tin feathers rattled against one another with a tinny clatter.
"The Tin Woodman of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
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In news:

Cormorants perch in an upright posture, similar to great blue herons, due to the fact that their webbed feet are located far back on the body to provide better propulsion under water.
It may not look like it outside, but the birds are back, I've spotted many robins perching in the trees, and my geese are laying eggs.
Rescued young tawny owls perch on a branch as they wait to be released back into the wild at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre on August 28, 2012 in Taunton, England.
Looking back on Thurmond Lake during 2011, if there was one species of fish that really stands out, it has to be the white perch .
Dinners at the suburban home of Ford Fry, chef-owner of JCT Kitchen and No 246, typically revolve around the Big Green Egg perched on the spacious deck in back.
In the back yard, high in a pine tree, a lone egret perches, studying something in the distance.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A six-foot tall fiberglass rooster is back on his perch in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
Well some little kitty cat decided it wanted some of the attention so it climbs up the reporters back to perch on her shoulder .
Perched above the Ligurian Sea, these five villages date back to the late medieval period and are still inaccessible by car.
Two little Carolina wrens (thryohorus ludovicianus) built a nest in a precariously perched bird barn on our back porch.
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