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bone, noun

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EnglishShow more Special senses of general English.
1. dolos sense 1. Usually in the plural.
1849 J.D. Lewins Diary. 3 Oct.Consulted for fun the Mantatee doctor with his bones, who for a sixpence told me as many lies as he spoke words.
1987 Personality 21 Oct. 12Monica went through the ceremony of blowing on the bones. Then..she told me my bones were ‘healthy’.
2. combinations (objective)
bone-thrower noun, a diviner;
bone-throwing, bone-tossing verbal nouns, divining.
See also to throw (the) bones (throw sense 2).
1917 S.T. Plaatje Native Life 323The lower middle-class Boers attach great weight to the guesses of native bonethrowers.
1939 M. Rorke Melina Rorke 114The blowing and bone-tossing went on for about a quarter of an hour.
dolos1. Usually in the plural.

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