bone meal

or bone·meal


noun Agriculture.

bones ground to a coarse powder, used as fertilizer or feed.

Origin of bone meal

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of bone meal

  • Some of these weak sisters I make the assistant boss of the machine-shop and some of the bone-meal mill.

    Old Gorgon Graham

    George Horace Lorimer

  • But he turned up the second day, smelling of violet soap and bone-meal, and he didn't sing his list of grievances, either.

    Old Gorgon Graham

    George Horace Lorimer

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for bone meal

bone meal


the product of dried and ground animal bones, used as a fertilizer or in stock feeds
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