scavenger's daughter

scavenger's daughter

noun
an instrument of torture that doubled over and squeezed the body so strongly and violently that blood was brought forth from the ears and nose: invented in 16th-century England.

Origin:
1555–65; scavenger, alteration of the name of its inventor, Leonard Skevington, Lieutenant of the Tower of London under Henry VIII

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To scavenger's daughter
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: scavenger hunt
Next Definition: scavenger's-daughter
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for scavenger's daughter
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing scavenger's daughter
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;