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Spear

spear
To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See spire.
1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance.
See: Illust. Of Spearhead A sharp ground spear. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. (Micah iv. 3)
2. A spearman.
3. A sharppointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
5. The feather of a horse. See Feather.
6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod. Spear foot, the off hind foot of a horse. Spear grass.
The common thistle (Cnicus lanceolatus).
Origin: OE. Spere, AS. Spere; akin to D. & G. Speer, OS. & OHS. Sper, Icel. Spjor, pl, Dan. Spaer, L. Sparus.
To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish.
Origin: Speared; Spearing.


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