bone ash


Definition of bone ash

: the white porous residue chiefly of tribasic calcium phosphate from bones calcined in air used especially in making pottery and glass and in cleaning jewelry

Examples of bone ash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ashes are combined with local soil, which balances the pH levels of the soil so that the bone ash will break down into nutrients for the forest. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, "Better Place Forests creates memorial trees, an alternative to cemeteries," 1 July 2019 Then, at a long table, the team mixes the person’s cremated remains with soil and water, sometimes adding other elements to offset the naturally highly alkaline and sodium-rich qualities of bone ash. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of bone ash

1622, in the meaning defined above

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“Bone ash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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