from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The nape of the neck.
- noun Any of the cervical vertebræ, of which there are seven in nearly all mammals.
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The head-bone connected to the neck-bone, the neck-bone connected to the back-bone
In taking off the wings, be careful not to cut too near the neck; if you do you will hit upon the neck-bone, from which the wing must be separated.
And she bowed her head, and I smote it off at the neck-bone so that it leaped between my feet.
Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling 1900
Then he clutched it hard by the neck and managed to wrench it away from its hold on the saddle; and when it was in the air, he whirled its body, heavy as it was, first over his back and then forwards again, and its neck-bone, I suppose, broke, for it was quite limp when he cast it down.
The Five Jars 1899
It was found round the neck-bone of an old knight, whose remains they threw out of the Abbey Church when they put in the heating apparatus.
Love Eternal Henry Rider Haggard 1890
They told one another on the way home how Ganger Patie, of the black blood of the gypsy Marshalls, finding his occupation gone, cursed the minister on Glen Morrison brae; but broke neck-bone by the sudden fright of his horse and his own drunkenness at the foot of the same brae on his home-coming.
“Well, I can't answer all that,” said Sneak; “but I'll swear I felt my knife grit agin his neck-bone.”
Wild Western Scenes Jones, John Beauchamp 1875
He is like to play a cast will break his neck-bone.
A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 2 William Carew Hazlitt 1873
Take off the neck-bones, which are two triangular bones on each side of the breast; this is done by passing the knife from the back under the blade-part of each neck-bone, until it reaches the end; by raising the knife, the other branch will easily crack off.
The American Frugal Housewife Lydia Maria Francis Child 1841
"Well, I can't answer all that," said Sneak; "but I'll swear I felt my knife grit agin his neck-bone."