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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a bone containing edible marrow
  2. (as modifier)marrowbone jelly
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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."

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