knucklebone

[ nuhk-uhl-bohn ]
/ ˈnʌk əlˌboʊn /

noun

(in humans) any of the bones forming a knuckle of a finger.
(in quadrupeds) a bone homologous with a wrist, ankle, or finger bone of humans, or its knobbed end.

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Origin of knucklebone

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at knuckle, bone
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Example sentences from the Web for knucklebone

  • But they must wait in patience yet a little longer, if even a knucklebone is to be a share.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars|Walter De La Mare

British Dictionary definitions for knucklebone

knucklebone
/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊn) /

noun

any bone forming part of a knuckle or knuckle joint
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Medical definitions for knucklebone

knucklebone
[ nŭkəl-bōn′ ]

n.

A knobbed bone, as of a knuckle or joint.
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