from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pointed instrument for introducing a pigment beneath the skin, as in tattooing, and for certain operations in surgery.
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The colour used is the rosin of a nut-tree precipitated on a cool stone and mixed with the juice of a plant; the pattern is drawn on the skin with a stick, and then traced with the tattooing-needle.
 that at their marriages an old matron would sometimes repeat as she threw down the _tulsi_ or basil, "Here's to the spirits of those who once led bears and monkeys; to those who drove bullocks and marked with the _godini_ (tattooing-needle); and those who made baskets for the head."