from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A decoration worn by the men of the Kafirs after marriage, consisting of a leaflet of palm secured permanently to the woolly hair, and covered with vegetable wax or other material used for dressing the hair.
  • n. In a four-in-hand harness, a ring, fixed at the crown of the bridle of a wheel-horse, through which the lead-rein for one ot the leaders passes.


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  • She wore an embroidered red cloth and a beaded head-ring.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She wore an embroidered red cloth over her blue print dress, and a beaded head-ring.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • You have cast the head-ring of the nobly nurtured,

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

  • It was only next morning, when they had mounted and were about to start, that one, with the head-ring of dignity about his scalp, gave a word of counsel.

    Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases Seventeen Short Stories

  • Senzanga -- the man without a head-ring, and one other, had fallen into an old elephant-pit, the surface of which was completely covered over with brushwood.

    Kafir Stories Seven Short Stories

  • His battered head-ring, being attached only by one side, shook as if it would fall off on account of the motion caused by his walking.

    Kafir Stories Seven Short Stories

  • My hand seemed to go through his head-ring and the skull beneath, and to shut upon itself while he went on talking to someone else, a captain whom I recognised, yes, one Faku, whom in the days of Dingaan, the Black One's brother, I myself slew upon the Ghost-Mountain.

    She and Allan

  • Kaffir's head-ring done in gold, and I shall have had enough of Kaffirs.

    Marie An Episode in The Life of the late Allan Quatermain

  • Just as he reached it, he caught sight of Maputa riding along the footpath, his head-ring covered with mud, his lips purple and his black face livid with rage.

    Black Heart and White Heart

  • Even old Umslopogaas, who was not in a general way given to the vain adorning of his body, took some oil out of the lantern and a bit of tow, and polished up his head-ring with it till it shone like Good's patent leather boots.

    Allan Quatermain


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