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wishbone

[ wish-bohn ]
/ ˈwɪʃˌboʊn /
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noun

a forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles, in front of the breastbone in most birds; furcula.
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Origin of wishbone

1850–55, Americanism;wish + bone; so called from the custom of pulling the furcula of a cooked fowl apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece being granted a wish
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British Dictionary definitions for wishbone

wishbone
/ (ˈwɪʃˌbəʊn) /

noun

the V-shaped bone above the breastbone in most birds consisting of the fused clavicles; furcula

Word Origin for wishbone

C17: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish
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Scientific definitions for wishbone

wishbone
[ wĭshbōn′ ]

The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
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