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“… fluttering arms of waif like ballerinas …”

meanings of waif


  1. A castaway; a homeless child.
  2. Goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.
  3. A plant that has been introduced but is not persistently naturalized.
  4. Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
  5. A minor celebrity who does not deserve his or her fame.

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