(Mineralogy) A concretionary nodule of clay ironstone, of the size of a walnut or larger, so called by the ancients, who believed that the eagle transported these stones to her nest to facilitate the laying of her eggs; aëtites.
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From eagle + stone, because it was said to be found in eagles' nests.
eaglestone (plural eaglestones) A concretionary nodule of iron oxide with a loose kernel inside such that it makes a rattling noise, formerly used for magical or medicinal purposes. 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 183: There was the eagle-stone (aetites) which the Countess of Newcastle was invited to wear in 1633 to ease her labour pains .
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