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  • noun Plural form of bone.
  • noun A percussive folk musical instrument played as a pair in one hand, often made from bovine ribs.
  • noun informal The act of two fists meeting together in the manner equivalent to a high-five.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bone.

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  • noun a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance


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    February 19, 2007

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