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Strangler   /strˈæŋglər/   Listen

An epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree.  Synonym: strangler tree.
Someone who kills by strangling.  Synonyms: choker, garroter, garrotter, throttler.

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"Strangler" Quotes from Famous Books

... against his face a cloth she had drawn from beneath her yellow robe. Almost at once the powerful drug with which the cloth was saturated took effect. Jack's head dropped forward, and the dancing girl nodded to the strangler to loose ...
— Jack Haydon's Quest • John Finnemore

... between the shoulder blades of the prostrate man, the Hindu looked up—and I read murder in those glaring eyes. That he was an accomplished wrestler—or perhaps a strangler—I divined from the helplessness of the Grand Duke, who lay inert, robbed of every power except that of his tongue. ...
— The Golden Scorpion • Sax Rohmer

... The pestilence had passed, his medicaments were exhausted, when the news reached him that Haroun was no more. The Sage had been found, one morning, lifeless in his solitary home, and, according to popular rumour, marks on his throat betrayed the murderous hand of the strangler. Simultaneously, Louis Grayle had disappeared from the city, and was supposed to have shared the fate of Haroun, and been secretly buried by the assassins who had deprived him of life. Sir Philip hastened ...
— A Strange Story, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... sober. Or I could be a very good imitation of a man on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I haven't been five years in the newspaper business without knowing all there is to know about nerves. That's it!" he cried. "I will do that! And if Mr. Bluebeard Svengali, the Strangler of Paris person, won't take me in as a patient, we'll come back with a couple of axes and BREAK in. But we'll try the nervous breakdown first, and we'll try it now. I will be a naval officer," declared Ford. "I made the round-the-world cruise with our fleet as a correspondent, ...
— The Lost House • Richard Harding Davis

Words linked to "Strangler" :   strangle, aerophyte, Clusia major, air plant, pitch apple, epiphytic plant, Clusia rosea, killer, epiphyte, slayer

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