drum·​stick | \ ˈdrəm-ˌstik How to pronounce drumstick (audio) \

Definition of drumstick

1 : a stick for beating a drum
2 : the segment of a fowl's leg between the thigh and tarsus

Examples of drumstick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Break down chickens into: 4 ea boneless, skin-on chicken breasts 4 ea chicken thighs, bone in, skin on 4 ea chicken drumsticks, bone in, skin on 2. National Geographic, "Chicken Pepper Pot," 21 May 2020 The result is empty shelves or price increases — chicken drumsticks at $3 a pound and ground beef at more than $4 per pound. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "How the meat shortage is affecting Louisville's locally owned meat shops and restaurants," 6 May 2020 Separate the drumsticks from the thighs and set those four pieces aside. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: What Bay Area chefs and bakers are cooking during the pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 But many noted that not everyone in the band had the appropriate instruments; Charlie Watts improvised, using his drumsticks to play on airdrums. NBC News, "'One World: Together at Home' concert closes with powerhouse Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, John Legend performance," 20 Apr. 2020 Braising involves slow-simmering a whole or large piece of meat (in this case, bone-in chicken thighs, drumsticks or legs) in just enough liquid to cook the meat through and leave you with some sauce. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Braised chicken is the most comforting one-pan meal," 1 Apr. 2020 In the week leading up to the game, Cahn, who was from Mendham, N.J., hatched a plan to take a cowbell and a drumstick to the game to lead a chant. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "30 years ago, Michigan football's iconic cowbell tradition was born against Notre Dame," 21 Oct. 2019 Apart from betel vineyards, this lush fertile land has provided us with cashew, coconut, drumstick, mango, jackfruit, betel nut, pineapple, guava, many other varieties of fruits, roots, and vegetables. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "A small village in eastern India is resisting a mega steel project—again," 4 Mar. 2020 Chicken drumsticks, with their high ratio of bone and tendon to meat, give body to the broth as well. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This January," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of drumstick

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 May 2020

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“Drumstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumstick. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drumstick

: the lower part of the leg of a bird (such as a chicken or turkey) that is eaten as food
: a stick used for playing a drum


drum·​stick | \ ˈdrəm-ˌstik How to pronounce drumstick (audio) \

Kids Definition of drumstick

1 : a stick for beating a drum
2 : the lower section of the leg of a bird eaten for food


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Medical Definition of drumstick

: a small projection from the cell nucleus that occurs especially in neutrophils of the normal human female and is comprised of an inactivated condensed X chromosome

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