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 for shepherd''s crook
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shepherd \Shep"herd\, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS.
     sce['a]phyrde; sce['a]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd,
     a guardian. See Sheep, and Herd.]
     1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep,
        esp. a flock grazing at large.
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     2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of
        others.
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     Shepherd bird (Zool.), the crested screamer. See
        Screamer.
  
     Shepherd dog (Zool.), a breed of dogs used largely for the
        herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as the
        collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English shepherd
        dog. Called also shepherd's dog.
  
     Shepherd dog, a name of Pan. --Keats.
  
     Shepherd kings, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded
        Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and
        conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after
        about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to
        connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of
        Exodus.
  
     Shepherd's club (Bot.), the common mullein. See Mullein.
        
  
     Shepherd's crook, a long staff having the end curved so as
        to form a large hook, -- used by shepherds.
  
     Shepherd's needle (Bot.), the lady's comb.
  
     Shepherd's plaid, a kind of woolen cloth of a checkered
        black and white pattern.
  
     Shephered spider (Zool.), a daddy longlegs, or harvestman.
        
  
     Shepherd's pouch, or Shepherd's purse (Bot.), an annual
        cruciferous plant ({Capsella Bursapastoris) bearing small
        white flowers and pouchlike pods. See Illust. of
        Silicle.
  
     Shepherd's rod, or Shepherd's staff (Bot.), the small
        teasel.
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