from The Century Dictionary.

  • Shaped like a chisel: in entomology, specifically applied to the mandibles when they are curved at the tip and truncate, with a cutting edge turned inward. Also called scalpriform.


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  • This rapid growth means that the bill can change shape very rapidly if the feeding style is changed, and captive individuals that were forced to switch from bivalve-feeding to a diet of lugworms changed from having chisel-shaped bills to tweezer-like bills within 10 days.

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  • He lowered the branch to display two pile arrows, their chisel-shaped heads driven clear of the tough wood on either side.

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  • The elder, Argurios, had a chisel-shaped black chin beard and bleak emotionless eyes.

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  • Pippa calls me Rodney because she says it's prettier than rodent, which is what Dr. Krantor calls me: The Rodent, as if in my one small body I contain the entire order of small gnawing mammals having a single pair of upper incisors with a chisel-shaped edge.

    Asimov's Science Fiction 2004

  • The king was somewhat scanter of hair, and that more gray than black, but the chisel-shaped nose, high cheekbones, and wide gray eyes were common to both.

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  • This tool is like a hoe, only the blade is pointed like a Canadian railroad shovel, and opposite the blade there is a chisel-shaped pick.

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  • In front, above and below, are four chisel-shaped teeth, known as the

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  • Its chisel-shaped teeth clacked together as it limbered up its jaw.

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  • Woodpeckers have strong, chisel-shaped bills and are able to excavate nesting cavities, but there are others that do not possess such tools.

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  • In ruminants, all of the chisel-shaped table surfaces of the incisors show considerable wear when the animal is five years old.

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