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Screamer   Listen
noun
Screamer  n.  (Zool.)
1.
Any one of three species of South American birds constituting the family Anhimidae, and the suborder Palamedeae. They have two spines on each wing, and the head is either crested or horned. They are easily tamed, and then serve as guardians for other poultry. The crested screamers, or chajas, belong to the genus Chauna. The horned screamer, or kamichi, is Palamedea cornuta.
2.
Something so remarkable as to provoke a scream, as of joy. (Slang)
3.
An exclamation mark. (Printer's Slang)






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Screamer" Quotes from Famous Books



... DOUGHERTY made one of the most extraordinary speeches on record, if we except certain forensic efforts of Mr. PUNCHINELLO delivered during the earlier stages of his career from his box. Mr. DOUGHERTY is a Soarer, and a Spreader, and a Screamer. Speaking metaphorically, be goes higher, measures more from the tip of one wing to the other, and is more suggestive of the warbling of a locomotive in his speech than any other Eagle in Philadelphia, which is saying a great deal. DANIEL is a Giant of Rhetoric, and would remind us of the Big Gentleman ...
— Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870 • Various

... with our Ralph seated proudly upon it, and apparently enjoying the fleet and beautiful sled as much as though it were really his own. And there, too, comes George, with his pretty "Snow Flake;" and close behind him are the "Tempest," and the "Yankee Doodle," and the "Screamer," and the "Snow ball," and the "Nelly," and the "Racer," and a host of other craft, of every imaginable appearance, and strided by ...
— Oscar - The Boy Who Had His Own Way • Walter Aimwell



Words linked to "Screamer" :   scream, waterfowl, striking, Anhimidae, hitting, bawler, crested screamer, screecher, crier, shouter, yeller



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