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[hoh-lee-stohn] /ˈhoʊ liˌstoʊn/

a block of soft sandstone used in scrubbing the decks of a ship.
verb (used with object), holystoned, holystoning.
to scrub with a holystone.
a soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of a vessel
(transitive) to scrub (a vessel’s decks) with a holystone

soft sandstone used to scrub decks of sailing ships, 1777, despite the spelling, so called perhaps because it is full of holes. As a verb, by 1828.


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