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

  • noun A bone for flavoring soup.
  • noun Informal The knees.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bone containing fat or edible marrow. See marrow, 1.
  • noun plural The bones of the knees; the knees.
  • noun A large bone used to make a rhythmical noise by striking against something.

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

  • noun A bone containing marrow

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

  • noun A bone containing edible marrow.

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

  • noun a bone containing edible marrow; used especially in flavoring soup


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