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marrowbone

[mar-oh-bohn] /ˈmær oʊˌboʊn/
1.
a bone containing edible marrow.
2.
marrowbones, Facetious. the knees.
Origin of marrowbone
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see marrow1, bone
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  • We took as usual its tongue, marrowbones, and loins, and left the rest to those that came after us.

  • O, madam, down upon your knees, your marrowbones——he's one of them.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • It consisted of a large platter of dried meat, reindeer tongues (considered a great delicacy), and marrowbones.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • The town might follow us to church with a serenade of marrowbones and cleavers, as they do the butchers.

  • The Cleaver seems also to be in compliment to this profession, as well as the marrowbones and Cleaver.

  • Then there arrived the butchers, with their marrowbones and cleavers, and began to make their music with zeal.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • Then they would all to a man have gone down on their marrowbones to him to come back when he had recovered his senses.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for marrowbones

marrowbones

/ˈmærəʊˌbəʊnz/
plural noun
1.
(facetious) the knees
2.
a rare word for crossbones See skull and crossbones

marrowbone

/ˈmærəʊˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
  1. a bone containing edible marrow
  2. (as modifier): marrowbone jelly
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Word Origin and History for marrowbones

marrowbone

n.

late 14c., from marrow + bone (n.). A poetic Old English word for "bone" was mearhcofa "marrow-chamber."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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