Blarney stone
blarney lar"ney (bl[aum]r"n[y^]), n. [Blarney, a village and castle near Cork in Ireland.] Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Blarney stone}, a stone in Blarney castle, Ireland (built in 1446), said to make those who kiss it proficient in the use of blarney.

Note: The origin of the stone is uncertain. In order to kiss the Blarney stone, which is located in the side of the castle, one must be held upside-down by the feet and lowered into the proper position from an opening in an overhang in the parapet. It is an experience eschewed by some tourists. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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