witch ball

witch ball

noun
1.
a decorated blown glass ball.
2.
(in the 18th century) a hollow sphere of colored glass hung in the window of a house to protect it against witchcraft.

Origin:
1865–70

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witch ball

a hollow glass sphere, sometimes as large as 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter. Witch balls are made in several colours, among which green and blue predominate. Its name is possibly a corruption of the 18th-century term watch ball

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