- a forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles, in front of the breastbone in most birds; furcula.
- Football. an offensive formation in which the fullback is positioned directly behind the quarterback and the two halfbacks are positioned farther behind and to the left and right, respectively.
Origin of wishbone
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Examples from the Web for wishbone
Her face was a regular oval, like the opening in a wishbone.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
She used to love to come to dinner at our house so she could have a wishbone.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
In proportion as a man's backbone weakens his wishbone seems to develop.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
When he got the wishbone of the chicken all insisted that Lin and he pull it.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
And say, folks, if any of you get a wishbone in your meat, will you save it for me?At the Little Brown House
Ruth Alberta Brown
- the V-shaped bone above the breastbone in most birds consisting of the fused clavicles; furcula
C17: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish
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Word Origin and History for wishbone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
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