scissorbill

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

scissor +‎ bill

Noun[edit]

scissorbill (plural scissorbills)

  1. The black skimmer (Rynchops niger) bird native to the Atlantic states, USA.
  2. (US) Someone considered contemptible or foolish.
  3. (US) An Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and railroad term for someone who refused to join the union or who openly colluded with management to thwart the union.

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References[edit]

  • Scissorbill, in Dictionary of American Regional English

by Joan Houston Hall. Harvard University Press: 2002, Page 786.