shiner
Lepisma Le*pis"ma (l[-e]*p[i^]z"m[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. le`pisma peel, fr. lepi`s -i`dos, a scale.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of wingless thysanurous insects having an elongated flattened body, covered with shining scales and terminated by seven unequal bristles. A common species ({Lepisma saccharina}) is found in houses, and often injures books and furniture; it feeds on starch and eats sized paper and starched clothes. Called also {shiner}, {silverfish}, {silver witch}, {silver moth}, and {furniture bug}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • Shiner — Shin er, n. That which shines. Specifically: (a) A luminary. (b) A bright piece of money. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Has she the shiners, d ye think? Foote. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] (c) (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small freshwater… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shiner — Shiner, TX U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 2070 Housing Units (2000): 1016 Land area (2000): 2.435706 sq. miles (6.308450 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.007164 sq. miles (0.018554 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.442870 sq. miles (6.327004 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • shiner — [shī′nər] n. 1. a person or thing that shines ☆ 2. pl. shiners or shiner any of a number of freshwater minnows (esp. genus Notropis) with silvery scales ☆ 3. Slang BLACK EYE (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • shiner — ► NOUN informal ▪ a black eye …   English terms dictionary

  • shiner — n. black eye (colloq.) (old fashioned) 1) to give smb. a shiner 2) to sport a shiner * * * [ ʃaɪnə] [ black eye ] (colloq.) (old fashioned) to give smb. a shiner to sport a shiner …   Combinatory dictionary

  • shiner — /shuy neuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that shines. 2. Slang. See black eye (def. 1). 3. any of various small American freshwater fishes having glistening scales, esp. a minnow. 4. any of various silvery, marine fishes, as the menhaden or… …   Universalium

  • shiner — /ˈʃaɪnə / (say shuynuh) noun 1. someone or something that shines. 2. Colloquial a black eye. 3. (plural shiner or shiners) any of various small American freshwater fishes, mostly minnows, with glistening scales, as the golden shiner, Notemigonus… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shiner — n. a black eye. □ Wow, look at Marty’s shiner! □ I got this shiner by walking into a door …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shiner — Sparada Spar a*da, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small California surf fish ({Micrometrus aggregatus}); called also {shiner}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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