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oracle bones

plural noun
a group of inscribed animal bones and shells discovered in China and used originally in divination by the ancient Chinese, especially during the Shang dynasty.
See also scapulimancy.
Origin of oracle bones
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Contemporary definitions for oracle-bones

a number of incised animal bones (usu. shoulder blades) and turtle shells discovered in China that were used for divination during the Shang dynasty period (c 1766-1122 BC)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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