from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An oak-apple or oak-wart. See gall.


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  • A real book is parchment*, scrolled onto beechwood; hand inscribed in oak-gall ink.

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  • Old Guy is griping to me about kids just out of diapers sitting at computers, while he still remembers how to trim a goose-quill and make oak-gall ink...

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  • He dipped the nib again in his pot of oak-gall ink.

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  • It was of that soft coal which people in the Middle States burn in happy indifference to its dust-making qualities, because of its charm of sudden-puffing flames, which burst from the bubbling blackness with a singing noise, like the explosion of an oak-gall stepped on unawares in the woods.

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  • It builds its little oval, somewhat urn-shaped cells against the roof of the large deserted galls of the oak-gall fly (Diplolepis confluentus), placing them, in this instance eleven in number, in two irregular rows, from which the mature bees issue through a hole in the gall (Fig. 27, with two separate cells).

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  • The Mason bee (Osmia) places her nest in a more exposed site, building her earthen cells of pellets of moistened mud, either situated under a stone, or in some more sheltered place; for instance, in a deserted oak-gall, ranging half a dozen of them side by side along the vault of this strange domicile.

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  • It was written more than 1,300 years ago in a neat hand using ink made of oak-gall nuts mixed with carbon.

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  • Like the whorl of an out-of-this-world ear that had been lent to an oak-gall wasp by a tenth century Irish monk who would hold out oak-gall ink against the predicament in which he found himself ...

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