Definition of breastbone
Recent Examples of breastbone from the Web
Using your palms, press firmly on breastbone to flatten breast.
Also — and less amusingly — known as butterflying, spatchcocking is the method of cutting out the chicken’s backbone, opening the bird up and pressing down on it so its breastbone cracks and flattens.
Her breastbone, rib cartilage and internal organs were also removed before the body cavity was stuffed with grasses and sewn up with horsehair.
Modern penguins retain signatures of their airborne relatives, including wing bones, a pointy keeled breastbone for wing muscle attachments, and feathers.
All ratites lack a keel, or an extension of the breastbone where flight muscles attach, says Rebecca Kimball, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Florida.
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First Known Use of breastbone
before 12th century
BREASTBONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breastbone for English Language Learners
: a flat, narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected
BREASTBONE Defined for Kids
Definition of breastbone for Students
: a flat narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected
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