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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARROW

In Domesday it is spelt 'Flaneburg,' and flane is the Norse for an arrow or sword.

He took a long string from his pouch and fastened one end to an arrow.

The Diné, whirling on his heel, met the arrow with his throat, and pitched choking.

It was there, when all seemed finished, that I saw the arrow play and heard the question.

They fit into one another like the arrow point to the shaft.

The arrow that he sped from his cross-bow struck in the yellow flanks.

His body was poised for the attack, as a bow is bent to drive forth the arrow.

And why did the wind blow an arrow through your arm, friend Merchant?

(feather-equipment), the feathers of the shaft of the arrow: dat.

An arrow, with a letter attached to it, was shot into the camp, and carried to the prince.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old English arwan, earlier earh "arrow," possibly borrowed from Old Norse ör (genitive örvar), from Proto-Germanic *arkhwo (cf. Gothic arhwanza), from PIE root *arku- "bow and/or arrow," source of Latin arcus (see arc (n.)). The ground sense would be "the thing belonging to the bow," perhaps a superstitious avoidance of the actual name.

A rare word in Old English, where more common words for "arrow" were stræl (cognate with the word still common in Slavic, once prevalent in Germanic, too; meaning related to "flash, streak") and fla, flan, a North Germanic word, perhaps originally with the sense of "splinter." Stræl disappeared by 1200; fla lingered in Scottish until after 1500. Meaning "a mark like an arrow in cartography, etc." is from 1834.

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