bony

adjective
\ ˈbō-nē How to pronounce bony (audio) \
variants: or less commonly boney
bonier; boniest

Definition of bony

1a : consisting of bone
b : resembling bone
2a : full of bones a bony piece of fish
b : having prominent bones a rugged bony face
3a : skinny, scrawny
b : barren, lean

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Examples of bony in a Sentence

a bony piece of fish that bony old horse may have been deliberately starved

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The images captured part of the skull, including the area where the bony projections, called enthesophytes, form at the back of the head. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 Alligator skin is covered in osteoderms, or bony plates similar to a turtle's shell, that act as bodily armor, alligator researcher Frank Mazzotti told CNN. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "An alligator with a knife in its head just kept swimming," 14 June 2019 The images captured part of the skull, including the area where the bony projections, called enthesophytes, form at the back of the head. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 The 2018 paper discussed an alarming prevalence of an enlarged external occipital protuberance (EOP), a bony projection off the back of the skull just above the neck, in young people. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Cell Phones Are Probably Not Making Us Grow Horns," 20 June 2019 The images captured part of the skull, including the area where the bony projections, called enthesophytes, form at the back of the head. BostonGlobe.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls — and phone use is to blame, research suggests," 20 June 2019 The images captured part of the skull, including the area where the bony projections, called enthesophytes, form at the back of the head. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 The images captured part of the skull, including the area where the bony projections, called enthesophytes, form at the back of the head. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Denver Post, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 Genes that both promote and suppress cancer are partially responsible, suggesting the bony tissue may reveal new ways to fight cancer. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Cancer genes help deer antlers grow," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of bony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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bony

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bony

: resembling bone
: full of bones
: having large or noticeable bones

bony

adjective
\ ˈbō-nē How to pronounce bony (audio) \
bonier; boniest

Kids Definition of bony

1 : of or relating to bone a bony growth
2 : like bone especially in hardness bony material
3 : having bones and especially large or noticeable bones a bony fish bony hands
4 : very thin He is tall and bony.

bony

adjective
variants: also boney \ ˈbō-​nē How to pronounce boney (audio) \
bonier; boniest

Medical Definition of bony

: consisting of or resembling bone bony prominences of the skull

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