malmstone

malmstone

[′mäm‚stōn]
(materials)
A name applied to chert when it is used in building and paving.
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The Old English text for this beekeeping device reads Writ pysne circul mid pines cnifes orde on anum mealm stane 7 sleah aenne stacan on middan pam ymbhagan 7 lege pone stane on uppan pam stacan paet he beo eall under eordan butan pam gewritenan [Write this circle with the point of your knife on a malmstone, and drive a stake into the ground in the center of your apiary, and put the stone on top of the stake so that it is completely under the earth but for the writing].
Second, several stories in Adomnan's vita associate Columba with white stones, thus providing a possible link to the malmstone to be used in making "Columcille's Circle"; for instance, Adomnan writes of the wondrous powers of a white stone that was picked out of a river by the saint: the stone floated on water and "effected by the Lord's mercy many cures of diseases among the people" (2.
36) The fact that any malmstone will do to make a "Columcille's Circle" suggests that some system of power other than reliquary power must operate within it--one that replicates saintly power.