Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The wishbone or merrythought of birds, formed by the united clavicles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wishbone or merrythought of birds, formed by the united clavicles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as furcula, 1.

Etymologies

Latin, diminutive of Latin furca a fork. (Wiktionary)

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  • Great word, mollusque. While I was reading about it, I discovered it's also called a merrythought (a British term), which I'd never heard before. Dictionary says: "Origin: 1600–10; so called from the custom of pulling the bone apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece supposedly marrying first or being granted a wish at the time."

    December 21, 2007

  • The wishbone.

    December 21, 2007