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darning egg

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of darning egg

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • Miss Hill drew a stocking from the heap and ran her darning-egg into the heel to locate a hole.

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    Ellen Glasgow


British Dictionary definitions for darning egg

darning egg

darning mushroom

noun
  1. a rounded piece of wood or plastic used in darning to support the fabric around the hole
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