- bones ground to a coarse powder, used as fertilizer or feed.
Origin of bone meal
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for bone meal
But he turned up the second day, smelling of violet soap and bone-meal, and he didn't sing his list of grievances, either.
Some of these weak sisters I make the assistant boss of the machine-shop and some of the bone-meal mill.
I fertilize my orchard with ashes and bone-meal; both are beneficial, but not necessary in good potash soils.The Apple
In case meat food is given, bone-meal, fed in small quantities, will form a valuable addition to their ration.The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings
When you cut down severely you should give a little extra food in the shape of manure, bone-meal, or Clays Fertilizer.The Children's Book of Gardening
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
- the product of dried and ground animal bones, used as a fertilizer or in stock feeds
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