former name of Annaba.
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bone (bəʊn)
1.  any of the various structures that make up the skeleton in most vertebrates
2.  the porous rigid tissue of which these parts are made, consisting of a matrix of collagen and inorganic salts, esp calcium phosphate, interspersed with canals and small holesRelated: osseous, osteal
3.  something consisting of bone or a bonelike substance
4.  (plural) the human skeleton or body: they laid his bones to rest; come and rest your bones
5.  a thin strip of whalebone, light metal, plastic, etc, used to stiffen corsets and brassieres
6.  (plural) the essentials (esp in the phrase the bare bones): to explain the bones of a situation
7.  (plural) dice
8.  (plural) an informal nickname for a doctor
9.  close to the bone, near the bone
 a.  risqué or indecent: his jokes are rather close to the bone
 b.  in poverty; destitute
10.  feel in one's bones to have an intuition of
11.  have a bone to pick to have grounds for a quarrel
12.  make no bones about
 a.  to be direct and candid about
 b.  to have no scruples about
13.  (Austral) (often foll by at) point the bone
 a.  to wish bad luck (on)
 b.  to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
14.  to remove the bones from (meat for cooking, etc)
15.  to stiffen (a corset, etc) by inserting bones
16.  to fertilize with bone meal
17.  taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
18.  (Brit) a slang word for steal
Related: osseous, osteal
[Old English bān; related to Old Norse béin, Old Frisian bēn, Old High German bein]

Bône (French bon)
a former name of Annaba

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ban "bone, tusk," from P.Gmc. *bainam (cf. O.Fris. ben, O.N. bein, Dan. ben, Ger. Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see osseous); the O.N., Du., and Ger. cognates also mean "shank of the leg," and this is the main meaning in Mod.Ger.,
but English never seems to have had this sense.

Especially in bone up "study," 1880s student slang, probably from "Bohn's Classical Library," a popular series in higher education published by German-born Eng. publisher Henry George Bohn (17961884) as part of a broad series of "libraries" he issued from 1846, totaling 766 volumes, continued after 1864
by G. Bell & Sons.
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Medical Dictionary

bone (bōn)

  1. The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.

  2. Any of the more than 200 anatomically distinct structures making up the human skeleton.

  3. A piece of bone.

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Science Dictionary
bone  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (bōn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The hard, dense, calcified tissue that forms the skeleton of most vertebrates, consisting of a matrix made up of collagen fibers and mineral salts. There are two main types of bone structure: compact, which is solid and hard, and cancellous, which is spongy in appearance. Bone serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles and protects vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs. See more at osteoblast, osteocyte.

  2. Any of the structures made of bone that constitute a skeleton, such as the femur. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

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Example sentences
For easy carving, have the butcher cut the rib-eye muscle from the bones, then
  tie the meat and bones back together for roasting.
The carpal bones, eight in number, are arranged in two rows.
Drain oil from salmon, remove skin and bones, rub through a sieve.
The anterior border articulates with the spine of the frontal bone and the
  crest of the nasal bones.
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