- a harpoon whose head may be detached.
Origin of lily iron
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Historical Examples of lily iron
The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”
Upon the end of the “shank” fits the head of the harpoon, known by the names swordfish-iron, lily-iron, and Indian dart.
Triced up to the jib stay was the long harpoon with its head, known as the 'lily-iron.'The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
- a harpoon, the head of which is detachable