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raw-head

n.

name of a nursery specter or "scare-child," usually coupled with bloody-bones, early 16c., from raw (adj.) + head (n.).

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  • His idea of the dark ages is derived from the popular legend of Raw-head and Bloody-bones.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 66, No 409, November 1849

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