from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A wishbone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The furcula or wishbone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The forked bone of a fowl's breast; -- called also wishbone. See furculum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The furcula or wishbone of a fowl's breast: so called from the sport of breaking it between two persons of whom each pulls at one of the two ends, to determine which is to be married first, or which is to have a wish gratified that has been mentally formed for the occasion, the winner being the one who gets the longer fragment.
From merry + thought, traditionally explained with reference to the pleasant thoughts imagined when the bone is ritually broken. (Wiktionary)