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n.1.An urchin who has soft, whitish hair.
2.(Zool.) The hooded merganser.
3.A low alluvial island or shoal in a river.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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A few minutes later, one of his patrons, a tow-headed young man who was boarding and rehearsing three performing leopards at Cedarwild, was asking Collins for the loan of an Airedale.
The tow-headed leopard man, who was billed on the boards as Raoul Castlemon and was called Ralph by his intimates, was already in the cage.
Her husband, pale and gaunt, the shadow of death in his weary face and the droop of his body, sat leaning against one of the wagon wheels trying to quiet a wailing, emaciated year-old baby while little tow-headed Nellie, a vigorous child of seven, frolicked undaunted by the August heat.
The aircraft towbar market is primarily segmented in terms of product type, material type, aircraft type, tow-head type, towbar mechanism, and region.
"Down By the Water" tells the tale of a "tow-head teen feeling `round for fingers to get in between" has an untimely run-in with "the lash-flashing Leda of pier nineteen." Equipped with rich, storytelling lyrics, Meloy is compelling as a man experiencing a deep, sinking feeling in his gut and being pulled down by consequential undertow of his actions.
Little tow-headed Jameson sat on his mom's lap while Carey reclined on one elbow on the step below his daughter.
Mark, who was born Maritza Perdomo and Jessica Lynn Cummings who was once a tow-headed boy named Shawn O'Donnell, met in 2011 and are getting hitched next year after they both underwent a sex change operation, the New York Post reported.
This delighted a couple of tow-headed little kids and their redheaded sister, and caused our mother much dismay as she tried to keep us from being crushed beneath the tumbling mineral.
"Ma'am, ma'am, it's coming out," a tow-headed boy exclaims to a PNE staffer as a wobbly, big-eyed chick begins to peck its way out of a light brown shell.
Sights along the route included variegated fields of wheat, from the shining bronze of hard red winter wheat to the tow-headed fields of a lighter strain.
As lender tow-headed woman, Lorian is herself author of several books, including Walking into the River (a novel), Walk on Water (a memoir), A World Turned Over (history and nature), and the upcoming Key West: The Pirate Heart.
"A lot of people describe me as chubby or tow-headed," muses the theatre-trained New Yorker.