Bone ash
Bone Bone (b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn straight.] 1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and bone. [1913 Webster]

Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute cavities containing living matter and connected by minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals through which blood vessels ramify. [1913 Webster]

2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of the body. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers and struck together to make a kind of music. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. Dice. [1913 Webster]

6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a corset. [1913 Webster]

7. Fig.: The framework of anything. [1913 Webster]

{A bone of contention}, a subject of contention or dispute.

{A bone to pick}, something to investigate, or to busy one's self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).

{Bone ash}, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.

{Bone black} (Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels; -- called also {animal charcoal}. It is used as a decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc., and as a black pigment. See {Ivory black}, under {Black}.

{Bone cave}, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones of man. --Am. Cyc.

{Bone dust}, ground or pulverized bones, used as a fertilizer.

{Bone earth} (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of calcium.

{Bone lace}, a lace made of linen thread, so called because woven with bobbins of bone.

{Bone oil}, an oil obtained by, heating bones (as in the manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their derivatives; -- also called {Dippel's oil}.

{Bone setter}. Same as {Bonesetter}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Bone shark} (Zo["o]l.), the basking shark.

{Bone spavin}. See under {Spavin}.

{Bone turquoise}, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.

{Bone whale} (Zo["o]l.), a right whale.

{To be upon the bones of}, to attack. [Obs.]

{To make no bones}, to make no scruple; not to hesitate. [Low]

{To pick a bone with}, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bone ash — Ash Ash, n., sing. of {Ashes}. [1913 Webster] Note: Ash is rarely used in the singular except in connection with chemical or geological products; as, soda ash, coal which yields a red ash, etc., or as a qualifying or combining word; as, ash bin,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bone ash — is the white, powdery ash left from the burning (calcination) of bones. It is primarily composed of calcium phosphate. It is commonly used in fertilizers, polishing compounds, and in making ceramics (such as bone china). It also has historical… …   Wikipedia

  • bone ash — n. a white porous ash prepared by burning bones in the open air and consisting chiefly of calcium phosphate: used in making bone china and in fertilizers: also bone earth …   English World dictionary

  • bone ash — bone′ ash n. chem. cer a white ash obtained by calcining bones, used as a fertilizer and in the making of bone china • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • bone ash — noun ash left when bones burn; high in calcium phosphate; used as fertilizer and in bone china • Hypernyms: ↑ash * * * noun : the white porous residue containing chiefly tribasic calcium phosphate from bones calcined in air and used especially in …   Useful english dictionary

  • bone ash — a white ash obtained by calcining bones, used as a fertilizer and in the making of bone china. Also called bone earth. [1615 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • bone ash — noun The white, powdery ash left when bone is burnt; it is high in calcium phosphate and is used as a fertilizer and in making bone china …   Wiktionary

  • bone ash — /ˈboʊn æʃ/ (say bohn ash) noun the remains of bones calcined in the air. Also, bone earth …   Australian English dictionary

  • bone-ash — n. Bone earth, burnt bones, earthy matter of bones …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • bone ash — noun Date: 1622 the white porous residue chiefly of tribasic calcium phosphate from bones calcined in air used especially in making pottery and glass and in cleaning jewelry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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