oracle bones


plural noun

a group of inscribed animal bones and shells discovered in China and used originally in divination by the ancient Chinese, especially during the Shang dynasty.

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Words nearby oracle bones

See also scapulimancy.

Origin of oracle bones

First recorded in 1910–15
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