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merrythought

[mer-ee-thawt] /ˈmɛr iˌθɔt/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
the wishbone or furcula of a fowl.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; so called from the custom of pulling the bone apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece supposedly marrying first or being granted a wish at the time
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British Dictionary definitions for merrythought

merrythought

/ˈmɛrɪˌθɔːt/
noun
1.
(Brit) a less common word for wishbone
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Word Origin and History for merrythought
n.

"wishbone," c.1600, from merry (adj.) + thought. Also cf. wishbone.

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