\ 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

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Examples of bony in a Sentence

a bony piece of fish that bony old horse may have been deliberately starved
Recent Examples on the Web In the case of Panderichthys, bony elements that many researchers initially thought were rudimentary digit bones were later rejected as such. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 My 9-year-old has my husband Mark’s bony frame and square chin. Kelly Meldrum, Washington Post, "My son has my mother’s eyes. What if he also has her mental health struggles?," 30 Sep. 2019 Sometime during the Cretaceous, though, our feathered friends began to shed their teeth, bony tails and clawed wings in favor of more docile traits. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "At 67 Million Years Old, Oldest Modern Bird Ever Found Is Natural ‘Turducken’," 20 Mar. 2020 Every day, at school, The Witch, with bony hands and beady eyes, worked to dominate us with fear. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 For example, Protodontopteryx ruthae, a pelagornithid that flew across New Zealand skies 62 million years ago, had bony teeth-like structures that lined its beak. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Could Be the World’s Smallest Dinosaur," 13 Mar. 2020 The startling, bony style of the first two books has been abandoned. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Hilary Mantel’s Triumphant New Novel Brings Thomas Cromwell Across the Finish Line," 3 Mar. 2020 Sadly, without any of these bony bits, the extra appendage cannot wag like a normal tail. Grace Wade, Popular Science, "The science behind this adorable puppy’s forehead tail," 15 Nov. 2019 In these chronic cases, clinicians typically find significant atrophy of the two major muscles that are supplied by the nerve overlying the scapula, and when these muscles atrophy, the bony spine of the scapula becomes very prominent. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: The rundown on equine shoulder Sweeney," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bony

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

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“Bony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bony. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bony

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