arrowhead

[ar-oh-hed]
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; Middle English arwe he(ve)d; see arrow, head
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Examples from the Web for arrowhead

Contemporary Examples of arrowhead

Historical Examples of arrowhead

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for arrowhead

arrowhead

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.).

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