quiverful

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

quiver +‎ -ful

Noun[edit]

quiverful ‎(plural quiverfuls or quiversful)

  1. The amount held by a quiver
    • 1904, Charles Egbert Craddock, The Frontiersmen[1]:
      In the presence of the two delegations the mediating Governor had taken an arrow and shown them with what ease it could be broken; then how impossible he found it to break a quiverful of arrows, thus demonstrating the strength in union.
    • 1911, Jack London, Adventure[2]:
      Long-hafted, slender, bone-barbed throwing-spears lay along the gunwale of the canoe, while a quiverful of arrows hung on each man's back.
  2. A large amount.
    • 1909, Agnes Deans Cameron, The New North[3]:
      The farm of Sheridan Lawrence, exhibiting its wide-stretching wheat-fields, some heads of which counted seventy-one kernels, with its patches of one-pound potatoes, twelve-foot sunflowers, and its quiverful of happy, tow-headed children, gives as sweet a picture of Canadian thrift and happiness as one would wish to see.

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