One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The pointed end of an arrow.
- ‘He then pierced her skin with the arrowhead's fine tip.’
- ‘Bryan had fastened the arrowhead to a pole and claimed it as his.’
- ‘Her tail is sleek and graceful, ending in a point like an arrowhead.’
- ‘Though she hated even the sight of the long bow and pointed arrowheads, she understood from Adam's words that she must forget her dislike.’
- ‘Flint arrowheads were shaped to a point and inserted into a slot and tied with sinew to the front of the arrow.’
- ‘Included among the man's 100-odd possessions were a pair of gold hair ornaments, three copper knives, a shale belt-ring, archery equipment and arrowheads.’
- ‘For a fleeting instant, he felt as though he viewed himself and Lily from far above, two tiny figures seated on horse, upon a swath of grassland shaped like an arrowhead, its point buried in the gap of the deep glen.’
- ‘Primitive man started with a arrowhead that was hardened by burning the end of the shaft slightly, then sharpened by shaping the burned end.’
- ‘Then they started turning up arrowheads and broken shafts.’
- ‘‘First you aim,’ he explained and showed her by moving the arrow and her hand to point the arrowhead to the red mark fifteen metres away.’
- ‘She stared ahead with wide eyes, and the daunting point of a well-crafted arrowhead stared back at her.’
- ‘It was shaped like an arrowhead, with a flat tip where Kiv guessed the cockpit must be, and he could just see it from underneath.’
- ‘He grabbed the arrow just behind the arrowhead and snapped the wooden shaft.’
- ‘When he awoke the boy was still there, fastening the arrowhead to the tip.’
- ‘There were nine more anchors, a Mongol helmet, sword blades, arrowheads, part of a human skull, coins, wooden combs (the Mongols had long, high-maintenance hair) and thousands of pieces of timber.’
- ‘Michael settled into the shifting stride of his horse, sighted down the length of the shaft until the arrowhead met the enemy's head, corrected for forward movement, and released the string.’
- ‘Anyone wanting to know how to make a spear point, which rocks to use, what different arrowheads tell us about their makers, and how technology spreads from one culture to another will be richly rewarded.’
- ‘It is perfect for making high-quality arrowheads, spear points, knives and other implements.’
- ‘Much of his time was spent making arrowheads, shafts and spears, and he supplied the soldiers of Normandon and Brand, who often purchased a whole entire cartload to replace those they had used.’
- ‘Beginning more than two millennia ago Scythian archers dipped their arrowheads into manure and rotting corpses to increase the deadliness of their weapons.’
- 1.1 A mark or sign resembling an arrowhead.
2An aquatic or semiaquatic plant with arrow-shaped leaves and three-petaled white flowers.
Genus Sagittaria, family Alismataceae: several species, in particular the common broad-leaved arrowheadS. latifolia
- ‘Mill Creek foraging parties may have opportunistically harvested a number of resources from these wetlands including nesting waterfowl, muskrats, and arrowhead tubers.’
- ‘In N. America arrowhead has long been gathered from the wild by Indians (for whom it was probably the most valuable of the available root crops) and sometimes by white inhabitants.’
- ‘Numerous species of arrowheads and bladderworts occur.’
- ‘Among them are arrow arum, bull-tongue arrowhead, pickerelweed, water lettuce, white water lily, yellow water lily, and the invasive alligator weed.’
- ‘Densely populated stands with mixtures of various shades of green and brown, however, had similar reflectance to that of alligator-weed, arrowhead, and smartweed.’
- ‘Here and there are patches of American white water lily and Engelmann's arrowhead.’
- ‘Wetland communities include, in addition to stands of soft-stem bulrush, very marshy areas with water plantain and broad-leaved arrowhead, two closely related species whose flowers have three white petals.’
- ‘Broad-leaved arrowhead and lizard's tail are found where the water is deepest, while skunk cabbage, with its huge leaves, lines the perimeter of the fen.’
- ‘Bog plants, also known as emergent and marginal plants, include some hardy types such as pickerel weed, arrowheads, cattails and yellow water iris; and shorter species including golden-club, parrot's feather and spike rush.’
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