holystone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain, but likely from the fact that scrubbing is done while down on one's knees, just as in prayer.

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Noun[edit]

holystone (plural holystones)

  1. (nautical) A block of soft sandstone used for scrubbing the wooden decks of a ship, usually with sand and seawater; sometimes called a bible.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)

Usage notes[edit]

Smaller blocks for awkward places are prayer books.

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Verb[edit]

holystone (third-person singular simple present holystones, present participle holystoning, simple past and past participle holystoned)

  1. (transitive) To scrub the decks with a holystone.

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