CHURCH WARDEN. A Sussex name fora shag, or cormorant, probably
from its voracity.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Church"ward`en (?), n.
1. One of the officers (usually two) in an
Episcopal church, whose duties vary in different dioceses, but
always include the provision of what is necessary for the
2. A clay tobacco pipe, with a long
tube. [Slang, Eng.]
There was a small wooden table placed in front of
the smoldering fire, with decanters, a jar of tobacco, and two
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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