from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A brush designed for rubbing the surface of the body to excite action in it by friction.


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  • I can't believe it's not listed yet.

    February 24, 2011

  • Everything has some frictional value.

    February 24, 2011

  • I was intrigued by the other instrument in the third example:

    "It is well to use a flesh-brush, and afterwards rinse off the soap-suds by briskly rubbing the body with a pair of coarse toilet gloves."

    — Burroughs Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

    February 24, 2011

  • Don't you mean coarse toilet gloves?

    October 31, 2014

  • Of course.

    October 31, 2014

  • I must say I like the idea of this "flesh-brush". I might ask for one for Christmas.

    November 1, 2014

  • Dear Santa, this year I want a flesh-brush, some pricey booze and a labrador called Misha. Season's greetings, Yarb.

    November 1, 2014

  • I'm not sure if we have a Wordnik Santa. Although, like Westminster, we have an Abbie.

    November 1, 2014

  • *sings* It's beginning to look a lot like flesh-brush....

    July 25, 2018