lily iron

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noun

a harpoon whose head may be detached.

Origin of lily iron

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for lily iron

  • Upon the end of the “shank” fits the head of the harpoon, known by the names swordfish-iron, lily-iron, and Indian dart.

    Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey
  • Triced up to the jib stay was the long harpoon with its head, known as the 'lily-iron.'

  • The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”

    Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey

British Dictionary definitions for lily iron

lily iron


noun

a harpoon, the head of which is detachable

Word Origin for lily iron

C19: from the shape of its shaft, which resembles lily leaves
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