Bone earth

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bone earth (Chem) the earthy residuum after the calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of calcium.
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Usage

In literature:

The earth was literally filled with bones, evidently hastily placed there or left where the dead fell.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
If so, the heaps of earth, tins, bones, grass-screens, etc., should be re-arranged so as to give a background to every man's head.
"The Defence of Duffer's Drift" by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
Who knows on what spot of the earth his bones are mouldering, or what dogs and birds have devoured him?
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
May the earth rest light on their bones!
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
The great mother of all of us is the Earth; her bones are the stones, and these, Pyrrha, we will cast behind us!
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
The heap really did look very like bones, partly covered with earth.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
How on earth is he going to feed them, Bones?
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
For running vines, burn beef bones and mix with the earth.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
But thou preferredst the cake of earth, and dead men's bones.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
Personally, I'd rather see fat dogs stalking over the earth than just bones!
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
From the fourth the bones had been thrown down, and lay promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
The bone earth, or phosphate of lime calculus.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
To rest on the bosom of the earth was not safe; another jackal might come after the first to help him pick the bones.
"The Big Nightcap Letters" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
And the Earth Giants haven't even bones.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
They saw a grinning skull and cross bones made of white plaster and partly sunken in the earth.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
We dropped a tear to the memory of the poor fellows who had here fallen, and committed their fleshless bones to the earth.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
I know not even where her bones are: I was too poor then to buy earth to bury her!
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
Every limb of this wonderful collection of bones tells us the Almighty created man to be ruler of the earth.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Out of the flesh they made the earth, the bones became stones and lofty mountains, and his blood the sea.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
Bones snorted angrily and pounded the earth with his hoofs.
"Hoofbeats on the Turnpike" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

We, waiting Dead, will warm our bones
At our poor smouldering earthly fire;
And talk of wide-eyed living ones
Who have what we desire.
"To My Aging Friends" by George MacDonald
"What thorns be these, so long and keen,
That bites me to the bone?" . . .
Oh, these be thorns of hate and lies
Which you on earth have sown.
"The Ballad Of The Hun King's Dream" by Cicely Fox Smith
Fools and fools and fools are you
Who your dears to fires confide;
Give to Mother Earth her due:
Flesh may waste but bone will bide,—
Let loved ones lie side by side.
"I Shall Not Burn" by Robert W Service
Seared bone-white by the glare of summer weather,
Cast side-long, on the barren beach she lies,
She who once brought the earth's far ends together
And ransacked East and West for merchandise.
"The Wreck" by Harry Kemp
"For the bones of my slain are stirred,
And the seed of my earth in her womb
Moves as the heart of a bud
Beating with odorous blood
To the tune of the loud first bird
Burns and yearns into bloom.
"Mentana : First Anniversary" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The soil is savoury with their bones' lost marrow;
Down among dark roots their polished knuckles lie,
And no one could tell one peeled head from another;
Earth packs each crater that once gleamed with eye.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell

In news:

I feel oddly comforted by the knowledge that one day I'll turn to bone, cocooned, except for bugs and other foraging wildlife, in the earth.
King heard T-Bone Walker, he "thought Jesus Himself had returned to Earth playing electric guitar".
The bones of Native Americans who once farmed in what is now western Arkansas are one step closer to returning to the earth after they were dug out of the ground.
LITTLE ROCK — The bones of Native Americans who once farmed in what is now western Arkansas are one step closer to returning to the earth after they were dug out of the ground.
American Indian bones closer to returning to earth.
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In science:

In Section 4 we summarize a bare-bones presentation of our point of view emphasizing the role of the rotation of the Earth.
Eppur, si muove !
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