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darning egg

a smooth, egg-shaped piece of wood, ivory, marble, jade, or the like, for holding under a hole or tear to serve as a backing while darning.
Origin of darning egg
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her mother moved her chair to follow it and dropped her darning egg, which the girl handed to her.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for darning egg

darning egg

a rounded piece of wood or plastic used in darning to support the fabric around the hole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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