Dry bone


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(Min.) Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; - a miner's term.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"For a wolf, no," said Tabaqui, "but for so mean a person as myself a dry bone is a good feast.
The objects at present on the table are, a pestle and mortar, and a saucepanful of the dry bones of animals--in plain words, the dinner for the day.
Let me be your partner, and you'll see me rattle the dry bones of the Solomons.
He wondered why they had dug a great hole in the ground merely to bury dry bones. Surely there was no sense in that; no one wanted to steal dry bones.
The man whom Athos had come so far to seek, and whom he had found with so much trouble, introduced him into his laboratory, where he was engaged in fastening together with iron wire the dry bones of a skeleton.
'Not so much of that as you may suppose,' returned Tom; 'for our governor had her crammed with all sorts of dry bones and sawdust.
She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies.
With a wild yell Gagool's horrid ministers broke away in every direction, like fragments from a shell, the dry bones round their waists rattling as they ran, and headed for various points of the dense human circle.
"This be the castle's crypt," whispered Joan; "and they do say that strange happenings occur here in the still watches of the night, and that when the castle sleeps the castle's dead rise from their coffins and shake their dry bones.
Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.
"There will be neither Manling nor Wolf-cub when that hunting is done, but only dry bones."
Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance together to the music that he make with that smileless mouth of him.