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drumstick

[druhm-stik] /ˈdrʌmˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a stick for beating a drum.
2.
the meaty leg of a chicken, duck, turkey, or other fowl.
Origin of drumstick
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; drum1 + stick1
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  • It was near enough like parchment that had been beaten with many a drumstick.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • If you will wait like a good little girl, you shall have a drumstick.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Oh dear me, there is but a drumstick and a merrythought left.

    Adrift in a Boat W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then a wing is carved off, and lastly a leg, which he polishes to the smoothness of a drumstick.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The drumstick seemed to have been predestined of all time to serve as a knocker.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Jeff looked at the two bites he had taken from his own drumstick.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • "I have seen you," said Villa to Adam, who was gnawing on a drumstick.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • If they had it for dinner when he was at school she saved a drumstick and the gizzard for him.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman
  • And so, to-night, here was Miss Sampson eating her drumstick.

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • The bairns can get tin cans an' a stane for a drumstick, an' we'll ha'e a loonie band.

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh
British Dictionary definitions for drumstick

drumstick

/ˈdrʌmˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a stick used for playing a drum
2.
the lower joint of the leg of a cooked fowl
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Word Origin and History for drumstick
n.

1580s, from drum (n.) + stick (n.); applied to the lower joint of cooked fowl 1764.

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