weavers' shuttle


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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