from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stone used in Chinese calligraphy and painting for grinding dry ink and mixing it with water.
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- n. A stone used by Chinese artists and calligraphers to grind dry ink and then to mix it with water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of stone containing native vitriol or sulphate of iron, used in making ink.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Native copperas or iron sulphate (also called iron vitriol and, in mineralogy, melanterite), or a stone containing this substance: used in making ink.
- n. A slab of slate, sometimes of marble or other stone, used for rubbing down the Chinese and Japanese solid ink known in Europe as India ink, usually made with a gradual slope terminating in a well at one end. Occasionally it is carved around the edge, or has a border of sculpture. See writing-box.
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