Definition of scarecrow
1a : an object usually suggesting a human figure that is set up to frighten birds away from cropsb : something frightening but harmless
2 : a skinny or ragged person
Recent Examples of scarecrow from the Web
Draw a cat-eye and then draw additional flicks that resemble the stitches of a scarecrow.
Then, the beetle dies, swinging like a scarecrow from the flower and giving the fungus ample opportunity to infect nearby beetles, said study lead investigator Donald Steinkraus, a professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas.
On her way to seek a wizard’s help after a witch threatens her, Dorothy becomes friends with a scarecrow, lion and tin man.
But that same year, Steven Tyler straight up fell off the front of the stage while doing one of his spooky scarecrow dances.
Greenbriar managers also will be authorized to chase birds off the site using fireworks, scarecrows, water spray and dogs, so that those birds do not set up house around the lakes, according to project environmental documents.
Letts (the scarecrow) was an especially natural dancer, not just during his featured pieces but throughout.
But these days, the windmills loom like scarecrows, idle and inert.
The tiny pumpkin patch is part of a Halloween harvest scene that also features tractors, farmers and scarecrows all made from mini Legos.
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First Known Use of scarecrow
SCARECROW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scarecrow for English Language Learners
: an object that looks like a person and that is placed in a field to scare birds away from crops
SCARECROW Defined for Kids
Definition of scarecrow for Students
: an object made to look like a person and set up to scare birds away from crops
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