scare·​crow | \ˈsker-ˌkrō \

Definition of scarecrow 

1a : an object usually suggesting a human figure that is set up to frighten birds away from crops

b : something frightening but harmless

2 : a skinny or ragged person

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The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Rails of Terror combines all the best elements of Halloween: creepy clowns, axe murders, wicked witches, even skeletons dressed as scarecrows. Megan Stein, Country Living, "This Haunted Halloween Train Ride Is the Best Way to Scare Yourself Silly," 23 Oct. 2018 Pre-registration is required, so check out for instructions, and mark your calendar for Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to marvel at the scarecrows at the festival. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Make September a month of making with these 5 metro Milwaukee maker activities," 7 Sep. 2017 In addition to pumpkin picking, families can play in the straw jumping area, create scarecrows and create together in the kid’s craft shack. Ty Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A closer look at 4 fall farms to visit with your family," 29 Sep. 2017 While outside, the village was decked out for the royals’ arrival — a group of scarecrows were even dressed as the Spice Girls. Simon Perry,, "Naughty Ponies and Flipped Cakes! Proof That Prince Charles and Camilla Have the Most Fun on Royal Tours," 3 July 2018 Center Street Park: Fall Fest activities include pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, food and beverages, games and crafts, live music and pumpkin chuckin, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21, 6420 W. Clarke St., Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your weekly entertainment calendar, Oct. 20-26," 19 Oct. 2017 Many scarecrows are inspired by historical or literary characters. New York Times, "In an English Village, a Gathering of Scarecrows," 1 May 2018 Bailee Madison The Bridge to Terabithia and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh star once thought accepting a freaky scarecrow from a shady dude was a good idea to save her family's land. 4. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "17 Actors You Totally Forgot Guest-Starred On "R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour"," 14 Aug. 2017 Attendees are sure to enjoy life-sized, whimsical scarecrows, pumpkin carving, and can admire 3D pumpkin carvings by world-renowned carver and artist, Ray Villafane. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "47 Halloween events around Phoenix scare up fun for all ages," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scarecrow

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of scarecrow was in 1573

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English Language Learners Definition of scarecrow

: an object that looks like a person and that is placed in a field to scare birds away from crops


scare·​crow | \ˈsker-ˌkrō \

Kids Definition of scarecrow

: an object made to look like a person and set up to scare birds away from crops

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