dog bone

plural dog bones

Definition of dog bone

1 : a bone (such as a beef or pork bone) that is prepared or intended to be chewed by a dog I don't tell him that about twice a week, I give her a hickory-smoked beef dog bone to chew. I know if I told him, he would lecture me on the evils of giving bones to dogs.— John Ross With the holidays approaching, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people who plan on spoiling their four-legged friends to think twice before buying dog bone treats such as ham bones and pork femur bones.— Carli Teproff
2 : something that resembles a dog bone: such as
a : a stylized representation of a dog bone For the walls, [Art] McShane and business partner John Filipowicz did a classic herringbone pattern incorporating dog bones.— Valerie Kellogg
b : a chew, toy, or treat for dogs that is shaped to resemble a dog bone a rawhide/rubber dog bone The site also carries pet supplements, books about homeopathic healing and ways to give your pet a vegetarian lifestyle, and pet goodies like spinach dog bonesBusiness Wire

First Known Use of dog bone

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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“Dog bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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