scarecrow

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noun scare·crow \ˈsker-ˌkrō\

Definition of scarecrow

  1. 1a :  an object usually suggesting a human figure that is set up to frighten birds away from cropsb :  something frightening but harmless

  2. 2 :  a skinny or ragged person

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First Known Use of scarecrow

1573


SCARECROW Defined for English Language Learners

scarecrow

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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

scarecrow

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noun scare·crow \ˈsker-ˌkrō\

Definition of scarecrow for Students

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



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