scavenger's daughter


an instrument of torture that doubled over and squeezed the body so strongly and violently that blood was brought forth from the ears and nose: invented in 16th-century England.

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Origin of scavenger's daughter

1555–65; scavenger, alteration of the name of its inventor, Leonard Skevington, Lieutenant of the Tower of London under Henry VIII Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019