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Cranes-bill


CRANES-BILL, noun The plant Geranium, of many species; so named from an appendage of the seed-vessel, which resembles the beak of a crane or stork. Some of the species have beautiful flowers and a fragrant scent, and several of them are valued for their astringent properties. [See Crane.]

2. A pair of pinchers used by surgeons.