creepers

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Creeper \Creep"er\ (kr[=e]p"[~e]r), noun

1. One who, or that which, creeps; any creeping thing.

Standing waters are most unwholesome, . . . full of mites, creepers; slimy, muddy, unclean. --Burton.

2. (Bot.) A plant that clings by rootlets, or by tendrils, to the ground, or to trees, etc.; as, the Virginia creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia).

3. (Zool.) A small bird of the genus {Certhia}, allied to the wrens. The brown or common European creeper is {Certhia familiaris}, a variety of which (var. Americana) inhabits America; -- called also {tree creeper} and {creeptree}. The American black and white creeper is {Mniotilta varia}.

4. A kind of patten mounted on short pieces of iron instead of rings; also, a fixture with iron points worn on a shoe to prevent one from slipping.

5. pl. A spurlike device strapped to the boot, which enables one to climb a tree or pole; -- called often {telegraph creepers}.

6. A small, low iron, or dog, between the andirons.

7. pl. An instrument with iron hooks or claws for dragging at the bottom of a well, or any other body of water, and bringing up what may lie there.

8. Any device for causing material to move steadily from one part of a machine to another, as an apron in a carding machine, or an inner spiral in a grain screen.

9. pl. (Arch.) Crockets. See {Crocket}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

creeper

noun

1: any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping

2: a person who crawls or creeps along the ground [syn: {crawler}, {creeper}]

3: any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet [syn: {creeper}, {tree creeper}]

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