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eyestone

[ahy-stohn]
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noun
  1. a small calcareous body, flat on one side and convex on the other, passed between the eye and the eyelid to bring out cinders or other foreign matter.

Origin of eyestone

First recorded in 1670–80; eye + stone
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  • Meanwhile a neighbor, Mrs. Wilbur, suggested putting an eyestone into Halstead's eye to get out the irritating substance.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Anxious to try anything that might relieve Halstead's suffering, the old Squire sent me to borrow the eyestone.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • I recalled my wits sufficiently to ask whether he had an eyestone, and if he had, whether he would lend it to us.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • He gave me a little glass vial half full of some liquid and told me to drop the eyestone into it when I should get it.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • The woman, whose sty had been cured, opened a drawer and took out the eyestone, carefully wrapped in a piece of linen cloth.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens