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arrowhead

[ar-oh-hed] /ˈær oʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the head or tip of an arrow, usually separable from the shaft and conventionally wedge-shaped.
2.
anything resembling or having the conventional shape of an arrowhead.
3.
Also called swamp potato. any aquatic or bog plant of the genus Sagittaria, having usually arrowhead-shaped leaves and clusters of white flowers.
4.
any of several other plants having arrowhead-shaped leaves.
5.
the dartlike form in an egg-and-dart ornament.
Origin of arrowhead
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English arwe he(ve)d; see arrow, head
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  • The scout badge is not intended to represent the fleur-de-lis, or an arrowhead.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • In this way little pieces were chipped off until the arrowhead was formed.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • She beckoned to arrowhead, and he followed her to the grindstone.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • How arrowhead found the post in the mad storm he could never have told.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • But so had many of the summer visitors and residents of arrowhead Village.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Why should not human nature be the same in arrowhead Village as elsewhere?

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • You will find arrowhead Village a good deal changed since you left it.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • You found that arrowhead on the hunting ground of the Shoshonis and the Bannacks.

  • I suppose your arrowhead will remain there undiscovered for a thousand years.

British Dictionary definitions for arrowhead

arrowhead

/ˈærəʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the pointed tip of an arrow, often removable from the shaft
2.
something that resembles the head of an arrow in shape, such as a triangular decoration on garments used to reinforce joins
3.
any aquatic herbaceous plant of the genus Sagittaria, esp S. sagittifolia, having arrow-shaped aerial leaves and linear submerged leaves: family Alismataceae
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Word Origin and History for arrowhead
n.

late 15c., from arrow + head (n.). Ancient ones dug up were called elf-arrows (17c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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