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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

... to call up Police Sub-station F and despatch men to the scene. Fifteen minutes later he rang us up and informed us that the body had been discovered, yet warm, in the place indicated. That evening the papers teemed with glaring Jack-the-Strangler headlines, denouncing the brutality of the deed and complaining about the laxity of the police. We were also closeted with the Inspector, who begged us by all means to keep the affair secret. Success, he ...
— Moon-Face and Other Stories • Jack London

... us the moment I first fired. But Uncle said, when he was talking to me one day, that he had heard that the Stranglers did not carry firearms, because the reports might attract attention; and that it was a matter of religion, with them, to kill their victims by strangling; but that if the Strangler failed, which he very seldom did, the other men would then despatch the victims with their swords ...
— The Tiger of Mysore - A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib • G. A. Henty

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

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