bone black

noun

: the black residue chiefly of tribasic calcium phosphate and carbon from bones calcined in closed vessels used especially as a pigment or as a decolorizing adsorbent in sugar manufacturing

called also bone char

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1735, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bone black was circa 1735

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“Bone black.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bone%20black. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

bone black

noun
: the black chiefly carbon matter that is left from bones heated in a closed container and is used especially as a pigment or a material to remove color from other things

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