knucklebone

[ nuhk-uh l-bohn ]
/ ˈnʌk əlˌboʊn /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. knuckle sandwich,
  2. knuckle under,
  3. knuckle-duster,
  4. knuckleball,
  5. knuckleballer,
  6. knucklebones,
  7. knucklehead,
  8. knuckly,
  9. knudsen,
  10. knulling

Origin of knucklebone

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at knuckle, bone

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British Dictionary definitions for knucklebones

knucklebones

/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊnz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a less common name for jacks

knucklebone

/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊn) /

noun

any bone forming part of a knuckle or knuckle joint
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Medicine definitions for knucklebones

knucklebone

[ nŭkəl-bōn′ ]

n.

A knobbed bone, as of a knuckle or joint.

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