darning needle


Definition of darning needle

1 : a long needle with a large eye for use in darning

Examples of darning needle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, some of the first subcutaneous drug delivery options involved shoving a pellet of medication under the skin with a darning needle. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dragonflies have colorful common names, such as devil’s darning needle, horse stinger, eye-snatcher, and snake doctor. National Geographic, 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of darning needle

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of darning needle was in 1742

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“Darning needle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darning%20needle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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