weaver


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Weaver \Weav"er\, n.
   1. One who weaves, or whose occupation is to weave. "Weavers
      of linen." --P. Plowman.
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   2. (Zool.) A weaver bird.
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   3. (Zool.) An aquatic beetle of the genus Gyrinus. See
      Whirling.
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   Weaver bird (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
      Asiatic, Fast Indian, and African birds belonging to
      Ploceus and allied genera of the family Ploceidae.
      Weaver birds resemble finches and sparrows in size,
      colors, and shape of the bill. They construct pensile
      nests composed of interlaced grass and other similar
      materials. In some of the species the nest is
      retort-shaped, with the opening at the bottom of the tube.
      

   Weavers' shuttle (Zool.), an East Indian marine univalve
      shell (Radius volva); -- so called from its shape. See
      Illust. of Shuttle shell, under Shuttle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whirligig \Whirl"i*gig\, n. [Whirl + gig.]
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   1. A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an
      axis, or like a top. --Johnson.
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   2. Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or
      things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden
      horses.
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            With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning
            about each head.                      --G. W. Cable.
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   3. A mediaeval instrument for punishing petty offenders,
      being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which
      the offender was whirled round with great velocity.
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   4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging
      to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or
      boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a
      bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the
      surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a
      gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to
      dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also
      weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.
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