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nose ring

a ring inserted in the nose of an animal, to facilitate leading it.
a ring worn as an ornament in the nose.
1780-90 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nose-ring

nose ring

a ring fixed through the nose, as for leading a bull
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Word Origin and History for nose-ring

1778 as something to lead an animal by, from nose (n.) + ring (n.1). As something to ornament a person, from 1819.

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Encyclopedia Article for nose-ring

nose ring

ornament inserted through different parts of the nose for personal adornment and used sometimes to signify social rank. Nose ornaments have been found especially among people in India, New Guinea, Polynesia, the pre-Columbian Americas, Australia, and parts of Africa

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