- the wishbone or furcula of a fowl.
Origin of merrythought
First recorded in 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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Examples from the Web for merrythought
Oh dear me, there is but a drumstick and a merrythought left.
I see I am wrong again, the drumstick is in the dish, and the merrythought is in my head, with numerous companions.
Take off the merrythought, the neck-bones, and separate the leg-bones from the legs, and the pinions from the wings.The American Frugal Housewife
Lydia M. Child
Again, all birds that can fly possess a “merrythought,” or furculum; and such is not found in the Pterodactyl.Extinct Monsters
H. N. Hutchinson
Bless my drumsticks and merrythought, I shant be so cold and hungry, please God, this time to–morrow night.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
- British a less common word for wishbone
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Word Origin and History for merrythought
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