stiff leaf

stiff leaf (Brit.)

In medieval ornament and derivatives, a formalized leaf shape.
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You are late in coming, wind, his face of death is a cold stiff leaf. I want to be alone with him, and suck from him the venom that has remained in me.
Consequently, risk of failure due to local weakness is reduced by the presence of stiff leaf sheaths.
New Zealand researchers surveyed a kind of tool cut from the edge of a stiff leaf. They found a location where crows use all three known tool types, a surrounding zone where they use two types, and the greatest expanse featuring only one, report Gavin Hunt and Russell Gray of the University of Auckland.