from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The handle of a knife.
  • noun A mollusk, the razor-shell, Solen ensis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun marine clam having a long narrow curved thin shell


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  • And get a load of the women's oath of abstinence: "I will neither extend my Persian slippers toward the ceiling, nor will I crouch like the carven lions on a knife-handle."

    Let's Make Love, Not War 2007

  • His yellow shirt was turning red around the knife-handle.

    Blaze Bachman, Richard 2007

  • He looked at the knife-handle sticking out of his shirt.

    Blaze Bachman, Richard 2007

  • Under my cloak my hand had clutched my knife-handle, but I strove hard against the fierce, almost maddening impulse to pluck it out and bury it, quick as lightning, in his accursed throat.

    Green Mansions 2004

  • There weren't many of them, some faience amulets, a carved knife-handle that someone had discarded, a horn spoon he'd made himself, a very small oil lamp he had modeled from clay.

    Joust Lackey, Mercedes 2003

  • Look at your knife-handle, there, my civilized and enlightened gourmand, dining off that roast beef, what is that handle made of? — what but the bones of the brother of the very ox you are eating?

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • Nor will I crouch like the carven lions on a knife-handle.

    Lysistrata 2000

  • Nor will I crouch like the carven lions on a knife-handle.

    Lysistrata 2000

  • Every stocking, every knife-handle, that comes into the States, has to pay a duty to this infernal aristocrat.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844 Various

  • _Nor will I crouch with bottom upraised, like carven lions on a knife-handle_.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1 446? BC-385? BC Aristophanes


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