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[kur-bee] /ˈkɜr bi/
noun, plural kirbies. Angling.
a fishhook having an even bend.
Also called kirby hook.
Origin of kirby
First recorded in 1795-1805; after the proper name


[kur-bee] /ˈkɜr bi/
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There is not a better hand over a kettle in the county than that same kirby.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Why, there's judgment in all things," said kirby, stirring the liquor in his kettles briskly.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Talkers, he was about to add, but the impatience of kirby interrupted him.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • kirby stopped short, and looked from one of his companions to the other in astonishment.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Before he seated himself he handed me a card, on which was engraved "kirby Cornwood."

    Down South Oliver Optic

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