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thunder-ball, thunderstone

[cf. Car. (DJE), OED poet, thunderbolt; cf. also OED thunderbolt a supposed bolt...believed to be the destructive agent in a lightning-flashing...locally applied to various stones, fossils or mineral concretions, formerly or vulgarly supposed to be thunderbolts] n. a stone axehead: 1966 Thunderstones (or thunderbolts) are smoothy polished, finely shaped adeite axe-heads of rock not found in the Bahamas -acquired by  Arawaks through trade (Young 23).

Tags: noun, tool

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Last update: 2011-09-04 18:56
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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