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marrowbone

[mar-oh-bohn]
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  1. a bone containing edible marrow.
  2. marrowbones, Facetious. the knees.

Origin of marrowbone

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at marrow1, bone
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Examples from the Web for marrowbone

Historical Examples

  • Nay, more: you are to do with it even as a dog with a marrowbone.

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    William Ernest Henley

  • This day also Mrs. Jemimah went to Marrowbone, so I could not see her.

  • You tell Mrs. Prichard all about Mrs. Marrowbone and the bull in the duckpond.

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    William Frend De Morgan

  • Old Mrs. Marrowbone's hair was the only point he could seize on.

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  • Of course he couldn't be her grandson, if he was already Mrs. Marrowbone's.

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British Dictionary definitions for marrowbone

marrowbone

noun
    1. a bone containing edible marrow
    2. (as modifier)marrowbone jelly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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