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lily iron

a harpoon whose head may be detached.
Origin of lily iron
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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 Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for lily-iron

lily iron

a harpoon, the head of which is detachable
Word Origin
C19: from the shape of its shaft, which resembles lily leaves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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