from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The hipbone.
- noun The ankle-bone; the tarsal bone known in anatomy as the astragalus. See cut under
- noun plural A game played with hucklebones. The Greeks used the astragalus for the same purpose.
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Latham gives "hucklebone," (or cockal), one of the small vertebræ of the coccygis, and Littleton translates "Talus," a hucklebone,
This, then, is the position of the hucklebone in the case of all animals provided with the part.
Thus it is that in such animals as have a hucklebone, it is only in the posterior and not in the anterior limbs that this bone is found.
A poultice made of the fresh leaves, and applied externally two or three times in succession "will cure, if ever so violent, the old ache in the hucklebone known as sciatica."
It is from this chine that the bones of the limbs, in such animals as have these parts, proceed, and with it they are continuous, being fastened together by the sinews where the limbs admit of flexure, and having their extremities adapted to each other, either by the one being hollowed and the other rounded, or by both being hollowed and including between them a hucklebone, as a connecting bolt, so as to allow of flexure and extension.
“hucklebone,” (or cockal), one of the small vertebræ of the coccygis, and Littleton translates “Talus,” a hucklebone, a bone to play with like a dye, a play called cockal.
qms commented on the word hucklebone
In coping with effects of harm
"It could have been worse" has its charm:
'Twas luck alone
Spared my hucklebone
While I crushed a superfluous arm.
July 24, 2015