ring, noun1

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English.
head-ring.
1833 Graham’s Town Jrnl 15 Aug. 3This late Zoola attack on these tribes, was for the purpose of taking cattle to obtain the sinews, or Caffer thread, to sew rings on the heads of several of the junior Regiments.
1960 G. Lister Reminisc. 75He was..clad in a huge skin mantle and had a hard ring round his head and great ivory bangles on his arms.
head-ring.
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Hence ring transitive verb, to bestow the head-ring upon (someone).
1967 E.M. Slatter My Leaves Are Green 180Then, for a reward, Mpande told me that I would be ‘ringed’, young though I was. And, then I had permission to marry.

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