hourglass
I. noun Date: circa 1515 an instrument for measuring time consisting of a glass vessel having two compartments from the uppermost of which a quantity of usually sand runs in an hour into the lower one II. adjective Date: circa 1834 shaped like an hourglass <
an hourglass figure
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