- composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.
Origin of osseous
Examples from the Web for osseous
Why is the collar-bone the undisputed king of the osseous frame?A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
Only known from osseous remains and the above-quoted drawing and notes.Extinct Birds
In the second month this brain corresponds then to the brain of an osseous fish.A Few Words About the Devil
Osseous tumors may arise from the periosteum or from the marrow.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
The osseous breccia—where it exists—appears to be similar in all the caves.The Jenolan Caves
- consisting of or containing bone, bony
Word Origin and History for osseous
"bony," early 15c., from Medieval Latin ossous, from Latin osseus "bony, of bone," from os (genitive ossis) "bone," from PIE *ost- "bone" (cf. Sanskrit asthi, Hittite hashtai-, Greek osteon "bone," Greek ostrakon "oyster shell," Avestan ascu- "shinbone," Welsh asgwrn, Armenian oskr, Albanian asht "bone"). The word was later reformed in English (1680s), perhaps by influence of French osseux.
- Composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.