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or bone black

  1. a black, carbonaceous substance obtained by calcining bones in closed vessels, used as a black pigment, a decolorizing agent, etc.
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Origin of boneblack

First recorded in 1805–15; bone + black
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Historical Examples of boneblack

  • While they may improve conditions somewhat, the only solution to such a problem is the use of the boneblack process.

    The Philippine Agricultural Review


British Dictionary definitions for boneblack


  1. a black residue from the destructive distillation of bones, containing about 10 per cent carbon and 80 per cent calcium phosphate, used as a decolorizing agent and pigment
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