scavenger's daughter


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. scavenge pump,
  2. scavenge stroke,
  3. scavenger,
  4. scavenger beetle,
  5. scavenger hunt,
  6. scd,
  7. sce,
  8. sceat,
  9. sceatta,
  10. scedosporium apiospermum

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

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