1 [speer]
a long, stabbing weapon for thrusting or throwing, consisting of a wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of iron or steel, is attached.
a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman: an army of 40,000 spears.
a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
the act of spearing.
verb (used with object)
to pierce with or as with a spear.
verb (used without object)
to go or penetrate like a spear: The plane speared through the clouds.

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

spearer, noun
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2 [speer]
a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
verb (used without object)
to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.

1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1

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spear1 (spɪə)
1.  a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
2.  a similar implement used to catch fish
3.  another name for spearman
4.  to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
[Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead]

spear2 (spɪə)
a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
[C16: probably variant of spire1, influenced by spear1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. spere, from P.Gmc. *speri (cf. O.N. spjör, O.S., O.Fris. sper, Du. speer, O.H.G. sper, Ger. Speer "spear"), from PIE base *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. O.N. sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also L. sparus "hunting spear"). The verb is 1755. Spearmint first recorded 1539. Spearhead (n.) is attested
from c.1400; fig. sense of "leading element" (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938.

"sprout of a plant," 1543, variant of spire.
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Example sentences
The big cats are speared as part of a manhood ritual and poisoned to prevent
  livestock predation, he explained.
At the first, the fruits were speared onto toothpicks: a cherry with almonds, a
  strawberry pinned to an anchovy.
The shark is speared with a roped harpoon and drags first one, then two, and
  finally three barrels as the humans try to shoot it.
Instead of waiting for its wild boar host getting speared by a hunter, it could
  make the journey on the dinner plate.
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