a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
1708, from bomb + shell.; fig. sense of "shattering or devastating thing or event" attested from 1860. In reference to a pretty woman (esp. a blonde) it is attested from 1942 ("bombshell blonde" as a movie title in reference to U.S. actress Jean Harlow is from 1933).