[ hoh-lee-stohn ]
/ ˈhoʊ liˌstoʊn /


a block of soft sandstone used in scrubbing the decks of a ship.

verb (used with object), ho·ly·stoned, ho·ly·ston·ing.

to scrub with a holystone.

Origin of holystone

1815–25; holy + stone; perhaps orig. jocular or profane
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British Dictionary definitions for holystone


/ (ˈhəʊlɪˌstəʊn) /


a soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of a vessel


(tr) to scrub (a vessel's decks) with a holystone

Word Origin for holystone

C19: perhaps so named from its being used in a kneeling position
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