1. tropical annual procumbent poisonous subshrub having fruit that splits into five spiny nutlets; serious pasture weed
  2. a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
  3. Mediterranean annual or biennial herb having pinkish to purple flowers surrounded by spine-tipped scales; naturalized in America
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How To Use caltrop In A Sentence

  • Sooner or later, the worm forsakes this kind of caltrop which catches on to everything. The Life of the fly; with which are interspersed some chapters of autobiography
  • I agree with you Joseph, this is a political caltrop. Think Progress » Frist Ducks Responsibility For Unfinished Spending Bills, Blames ‘Systemic Flaws In America’s Processes’
  • He didn't know what weapon he possessed, if any, beyond the caltrops.
  • Gerard regretted this immediately, for Goatweed was thrown into an agony of indecision, dithering over the lot, finally ending up torn between a rusty caltrop and an old boot missing its heel. Dragons Of A Vanished Moon
  • These animals may also be captured without aid of gin or caltrop, by sheer coursing in hot summer time; they get so tired, they will stand still to be shot down. On Hunting
  • Speaking of mood, the play's climactic slaughterfest (in which solids, gases, liquids and something called a caltrop all prove excellent murder weapons) inevitably seems funny today. Theater review: Constellation Theatre's 'Women Beware Women'
  • But, on the other part, the defendant shall be bound to furnish him with hay and stubble for stopping the caltrops of his throat, troubled and impulregafized, with gabardines garbled shufflingly, and friends as before, without costs and for cause. Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel
  • Caltrop is quite rare in Cottesloe, as far as I know, and it looks like this infestation may have been introduced during works associated with the path construction, perhaps.
  • The plot progresses like a horse marching over caltrops, jerking wildly every time its foot encounters the next point.
  • Caltrop is an herbaceous annual that commonly grows prostrated on the ground.
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