crowfoot

[ kroh-foot ]

noun,plural crow·foots for 1, 2, crow·feet for 3-6.
  1. any plant of the genus Ranunculus, especially one with divided leaves suggestive of a crow's foot; buttercup.

  2. any of various other plants with leaves or other parts suggestive of a bird's foot, as certain species of the genus Geranium.

  1. Nautical. an arrangement of several bridlelike ropes rove through a suspended euphroe to support the backbone of an awning at a number of points.

  2. Movies, Television. a three-legged device placed under a tripod to keep the camera from slipping.

  3. (on an architectural or engineering drawing) a V-shaped mark the apex of which is a reference point.

Origin of crowfoot

1
First recorded in 1400–50, crowfoot is from the late Middle English word crowefote.See crow1, foot

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How to use crowfoot in a sentence

  • crowfoot himself is apparently all right so far, but of course no man can tell what crowfoot is thinking.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
  • Old crowfoot, I am convinced, is playing a deep game and is simply waiting the fitting moment to strike.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
  • Superintendent Strong has the distinction of being the only man that ever tamed old crowfoot.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
  • It took the Superintendent about two minutes to locate crowfoot's tent, and, leaving us outside, he walked straight in.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor
  • So with a couple of us mounted and another driving a buckboard we made for Chief crowfoot's encampment.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor

British Dictionary definitions for crowfoot

crowfoot

/ (ˈkrəʊˌfʊt) /


nounplural -foots
  1. any of several plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. sceleratus and R. aquatilis (water crowfoot) that have yellow or white flowers and divided leaves resembling the foot of a crow: See also buttercup

  2. any of various other plants that have leaves or other parts resembling a bird's foot

  1. plural -feet nautical a bridle-like arrangement of lines rove through a wooden block or attached to a ring for supporting an awning from above

  2. plural -feet military another name for caltrop

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