reddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reddle a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reddle (Min) Red chalk. See under Chalk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reddle An earthy variety of hematite iron ore. It is fine-grained, and sufficiently compact to be cut into strips, which are used for various purposes, as for marking sheep and drawing on board. This material is found in several localities in England, and much more rarely in the United States, where it is generally called red chalk.
    • n reddle A name applied by workmen to red-lead with oil when used to smear a surface which is being scraped to a fit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reddle red′l an impure peroxide of iron (ferric oxide) associated with very variable proportions of clay or chalk—also Red′-clay, Radd′le, Red′-chalk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Red; cf. G. röthel,. Cf. Ruddle

Usage

In literature:

All that reddlemen do is sell reddle.
"Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
All that reddlemen do is sell reddle.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
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