merrythought

[ mer-ee-thawt ]
/ ˈmɛr iˌθɔt /
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noun Chiefly British.

the wishbone or furcula of a fowl.

Nearby words

  1. merry-bells,
  2. merry-go-round,
  3. merry-making,
  4. merrymaker,
  5. merrymaking,
  6. mers,
  7. merse,
  8. merseburg,
  9. mersenne,
  10. mersenne number

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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British Dictionary definitions for merrythought

merrythought

/ (ˈmɛrɪˌθɔːt) /

noun

British a less common word for wishbone
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Word Origin and History for merrythought

merrythought

n.

"wishbone," c.1600, from merry (adj.) + thought. Also cf. wishbone.

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