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scarecrow

[skair-kroh] /ˈskɛərˌkroʊ/
noun
1.
an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
2.
anything frightening but not really dangerous.
3.
a person in ragged clothes.
4.
an extremely thin person.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; scare + crow1
Related forms
scarecrowish, scarecrowy, adjective
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Examples for scarecrow
  • And the theme song for you can be the one the scarecrow sings.
  • scarecrow sings about smart electrical distribution grids.
  • Create an original autumn-inspired, mixed-media scarecrow puppet.
  • The only other sign of agriculture was a ragged scarecrow on a pole.
  • Make a scarecrow, craft projects and much more fall fun.
  • The scarecrow is an archetypal scare tactic in the agricultural business.
British Dictionary definitions for scarecrow

scarecrow

/ˈskɛəˌkrəʊ/
noun
1.
an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops
2.
a person or thing that appears frightening but is not actually harmful
3.
(informal)
  1. an untidy-looking person
  2. a very thin person
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Word Origin and History for scarecrow
scarecrow
1550s, from scare + crow. Earliest reference is to a person employed to scare birds. Stick-figure sense is implied by 1580s
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Encyclopedia Article for scarecrow

device posted on cultivated ground to deter birds or other animals from eating or otherwise disturbing seeds, shoots, and fruit; its name derives from its use against the crow. The scarecrow of popular tradition is a mannequin stuffed with straw; free-hanging, often reflective parts movable by the wind are commonly attached to increase effectiveness. A scarecrow outfitted in clothes previously worn by a hunter who has fired on the flock is regarded by some as especially efficacious. A common variant is the effigy of a predator (e.g., an owl or a snake).

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