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- n. Obsolete form of heronshaw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Heronshaw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shaw or wood in which herons breed; a heronry.
- n. A heron; a heronsew.
- n. In heraldry, the representation of a heron, crane, or stork (all appearing alike).
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See here, old chap! you'll be older before you are younger, and some day you will know a hawk from a handsaw, _or_ hernshaw, according to which reading of
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The wing of the hawk that shall fetch the hernshaw, 455
_To know a hawk from a hernshaw_ is an ancient proverb, sometimes corrupted into _handsaw_.
‘In actual application a _heronshaw_, _hernshaw_ or _hernsew_, is simply a