dog bone

noun

plural dog bones
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

Examples of dog bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That chain was made of small dog bones, with 18-karat gold, 50 carats of white diamonds, and six carats of pink diamonds. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2023 Use stencils to carve pawprints and dog bones into pumpkins, and display them by your front door. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2023 In the ever-evolving world of pet products, finding the perfect dog bone for your precious puppy can be quite the challenge. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2023 There also was a dog bone used to inspire scrappy play on defense, which ranks No. 2 in efficiency and in turn fuels the offense. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog bone was in 1917

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“Dog bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20bone. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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