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Earmark  n.  
A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark. "Money is said to have no earmark." "Flying, he (a slave) should be described by the rounding of his head, and his earmark." "A set of intellectual ideas... have earmarks upon them, no tokens of a particular proprietor."

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"Earmark" Quotes from Famous Books

... are to be thoroughly overhauled. You wish, for some reason, to inspect their case fully yourself, or you must tail your lambs, in which case every lamb has to be caught, and you will cut its tail off, and ear-mark it with your own earmark; or, again, you will see fit to draft out all the lambs that are ready for weaning; or you may wish to cull the mob, and sell off the worst-woolled sheep; or your neighbour's sheep may have joined ...
— A First Year in Canterbury Settlement • Samuel Butler

... with the plot of the piece. In fact, irrelevancy appears to the European the chief characteristic of what he sees on the stage of a Japanese theatre. Nor does the play, as is usual in serious dramas in this country, revolve round one character, the hero or heroine. Indeed it is not always easy to earmark, so to speak, the leading character, and it is occasionally doubtful in many Japanese plays whether there is any hero or heroine. But the same remark may be made here as in reference to the literature ...
— The Empire of the East • H. B. Montgomery

Words linked to "Earmark" :   allot, marking, mark, mould, marker, stylemark, portion, set aside, mold, trademark, reserve, allow

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