Rosary shell
Rosary Ro"sa*ry, n.; pl. {Rosaries}. [LL. rosarium a string of beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See {Rose}.] 1. A bed of roses, or place where roses grow. ``Thick rosaries of scented thorn.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. (R.C.Ch.) A series of prayers (see Note below) arranged to be recited in order, on beads; also, a string of beads by which the prayers are counted. [1913 Webster]

His idolized book, and the whole rosary of his prayers. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: A rosary consists of fifteen decades. Each decade contains ten Ave Marias marked by small beads, preceded by a Paternoster, marked by a larger bead, and concluded by a Gloria Patri. Five decades make a chaplet, a third part of the rosary. --Bp. Fitzpatrick. [1913 Webster]

3. A chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections. [1913 Webster]

Every day propound to yourself a rosary or chaplet of good works to present to God at night. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

4. A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny. [1913 Webster]

{Rosary shell} (Zo["o]l.), any marine gastropod shell of the genus {Monodonta}. They are top-shaped, bright-colored and pearly. [1913 Webster]


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