One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various bluish or grey building stones.
- ‘Made of dark, impenetrable bluestone, long and narrow like the grave, you might say the feng shui is grim, not the place for a picnic.’
- ‘Nor-Carla bluestone is a type of slate quarried exclusively in North Carolina.’
- ‘The river mouth was reinforced by low walls of bluestone in the latter part of the 19th Century and the stone walls hold the river to this day, protecting the boats and supporting the piers.’
- ‘It's made of bluestone with gilt decoration, and stands about 1.5m high at the topmost corner.’
- ‘The same paving materials, brick and bluestone, are used throughout, but different paving patterns distinguish each area.’
- ‘Pembrokeshire's millennium bluestone has certainly not been associated with luck in the past.’
- ‘It stands on a low and unornamented polished granite plinth in the centre of a small square of bluestone which sits flush with the surrounding turf.’
- ‘Adjacent to the lower pool, Sargent placed a patio paved with Connecticut bluestone.’
- ‘Home at last: the controversial bluestone is laid to rest in the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire.’
- ‘A winding path of bluestone connects the house to the pool and a new patio.’
- ‘Sullivan leveled the top of the slope and installed a lawn, then built stairs of 3-inch-thick, randomly cut chunks of Connecticut bluestone on the base rock.’
- ‘A man in Co. Limerick found that blight could be controlled by an application of bluestone and lime, or bluestone and washing soda.’
- ‘To the right of the manor stood some small buildings that were probably used as servants quarters, again made of bluestone.’
- ‘Until about 1960, it could fairly have been said that Melbourne's central city buildings were built mainly of bluestone, sandstone, brick, stucco or concrete, with the occasional addition of marble or granite.’
- ‘Petite plants don't obstruct views for drivers or pedestrians, and a generous border of bluestone interplanted with bluestar creeper allows guests ample room to open car doors and alight without stepping on the plants.’
- ‘Dwarf mondo grass edges paths made from bluestone and black Mexican beach pebbles.’
- ‘Some horse owners prefer dirt floors with bluestone or clay for drainage and traditional straw or sawdust bedding.’
- ‘Built beneath a grandstand of lumpy bluestone, it features honour boards the length of the room and memorabilia cabinets filled with old footy boots and yellowing programs.’
- ‘Slog, slog, slog-with buckets of hot water to break up the ice in the water trough, with loads of cat litter or bluestone to deal with ice or mud, with hay for the pastures.’
- ‘My description might sound a bit mechanistic - it is hard to describe in words - but these ramp spaces look wonderful with sunlight grazing and enlivening the original bluestone and the new glass walling in the late afternoon.’
- 1.1count noun Any of the smaller stones made of dolerite found in the inner part of Stonehenge.
- ‘Several bluestones in the central oval were removed so that the remaining eleven formed a horseshoe imitating the trilithon setting.’
- ‘Weighing about four tons and between six and nine feet in height, the bluestones would have been transported 240 miles to the famous site at Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England.’
- ‘After the ill-fated attempt to drag it to Stonehenge, the notorious bluestone has finally reached its new home on the back of a lorry.’
- ‘The first such structure comprised two concentric circles of bluestones imported from southwest Wales set up around 2500 bc.’
- ‘The Preseli Hills, source of the Stonehenge bluestones, lie within one of the highly radiogenic areas in which the ‘Boscombe Bowmen’ were born.’
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