Bead-Roll

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Bead-Roll, Bede-Roll

 a list of persons to be prayed for, c. 1500; a list or string of names; a catalogue; a long line; a pedigree.
Examples: bead-roll of cousins, 1826; of offences, 1644; of living oracles, 1884; of prayers.
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After waiting a couple of hours, and fearing the worst, a doctor shepherded child and father into a consultation room, gently touched the nose and watched as the bead rolled out.