from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In pathology, one of the small concretions constituting gravel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A pebble, or small fragment of stone; a calculus.
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"He never paid any more attention to me than a gravel-stone under his feet; there ain't any reason why I should have cared about him, and I don't; it can't be that I do."
The Portion of Labor Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman 1891
If he had ever kept bees himself, or even visited an apiary, it is hard to see how he could have believed that the bee in its flight abroad carried a gravel-stone for ballast:
The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton John Burroughs 1879
It is commenced by one of the players who encloses a gravel-stone or a bullet in the curve of his two hands by placing the palms together, then, after sundry tosts and evolutions, suddenly parting them.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LIFE 1841
"After many ceremonies he will produce from his mouth some strange substance, such as a thorn or gravel-stone, a fish-bone or bird's claw, a snake's tooth, or a piece of wire, which some malicious _yauhahu_ is supposed to have inserted in the affected part.
The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3) The Belief Among the Aborigines of Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea and Melanesia James George Frazer 1897
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