from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stick for beating a drum.
  • noun The lower part of the leg of a fowl, especially when cooked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tetanus bacillus, which has a round spore at one extremity.
  • noun One of the sticks used in beating a drum.
  • noun Hence, from its shape, the lower or outer joint of the leg of a dressed fowl, as a chicken, duck, or turkey.
  • noun The stilt-sandpiper or bastard dowitcher, Micropalama himantopus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A stick with which a drum is beaten.
  • noun Anything resembling a drumstick in form; -- applied especially to the tibiotarsus, or second joint, of the leg of a fowl, when cooked and served at the table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stick used to play drums.
  • noun The second joint of the leg bone of a chicken or other fowl, as meat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stick used for playing a drum
  • noun the lower joint of the leg of a fowl


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  • Drumstick is the brand name for different novelty ice cream cones sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, and other countries across the world.

    A typical Drumstick-brand ice cream cone is a waffle cone filled with ice cream, topped with chocolate and nuts, has a chunk of chocolate in the bottom of the cone and is commonly found in the frozen food section of a US grocery store. However in Australia a chocolate cone variety called Drumstick Royale is available, which replaces the waffle cone with a solid chocolate cone.

    The original product was invented by I.C. Parker of The Drumstick Company in 1928.


    Drumstick has become a generic term for any brand or homemade icecream treat that features a sundae combination (icecream topped with a chocolate shell and chopped nuts) in a prepared waffle-type sugar cone.

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