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
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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.
Archive 2006-05-01 Darren Naish 2006
He lowered the branch to display two pile arrows, their chisel-shaped heads driven clear of the tough wood on either side.
Knife of Dreams Jordan, Robert, 1948- 2005
The elder, Argurios, had a chisel-shaped black chin beard and bleak emotionless eyes.
Lord of the Silver Bow Gemmell, David 2005
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.
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.
Conan the Relentless Green, Roland 1992
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.
"The Red Watch" With the First Canadian Division in Flanders John Allister Currie
In front, above and below, are four chisel-shaped teeth, known as the
Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools Francis M. Walters
Its chisel-shaped teeth clacked together as it limbered up its jaw.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow
Woodpeckers have strong, chisel-shaped bills and are able to excavate nesting cavities, but there are others that do not possess such tools.
The Bird Study Book Thomas Gilbert Pearson
In ruminants, all of the chisel-shaped table surfaces of the incisors show considerable wear when the animal is five years old.
Common Diseases of Farm Animals R. A. Craig