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[mar-oh-bohn] /ˈmær oʊˌboʊn/
a bone containing edible marrow.
marrowbones, Facetious. the knees.
Origin of marrowbone
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at marrow1, bone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nay, more: you are to do with it even as a dog with a marrowbone.

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  • 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.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Old Mrs. marrowbone's hair was the only point he could seize on.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Of course he couldn't be her grandson, if he was already Mrs. marrowbone's.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Samuel, previous to this, had moved to a place called marrowbone, Daviess county.

  • But Dave was embarrassed, and she took his embarrassment for reluctance to grant her the same status as old Mrs. marrowbone.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Uncle Mo had spoken at a guess of Mrs. marrowbone's age, of which he knew nothing.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for marrowbone


  1. a bone containing edible marrow
  2. (as modifier): marrowbone jelly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for marrowbone

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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