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prayer beads

[prair]
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plural noun
  1. a rosary.

Origin of prayer beads

First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for prayer beads

Historical Examples

  • He sidled close to Abdulla, and brushed with a delicate touch the hand that hung down listlessly, holding the prayer-beads.

    An Outcast of the Islands

    Joseph Conrad

  • Baptiste, prayer-beads in hand, knelt by his son's side, saying prayers for the dying.

    A Lover in Homespun

    F. Clifford Smith


British Dictionary definitions for prayer beads

prayer beads

pl n
  1. RC Church the beads of the rosary
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