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

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One recent night, as slate-gray storm clouds and mosquitoes rolled over the camp, a group of Cameroonian women cooked chicken drumsticks over small fires. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Facing Trump’s asylum limits, refugees from as far as Africa languish in a Mexican camp," 8 July 2019 At one point, a server dropped off a plate of tandoori chicken drumsticks. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Commonwealth Indian is dressed to thrill in Rockville," 26 June 2019 And in the back, volunteers lay out premade turkey and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, right next to the section full of chicken drumsticks, eggs and spinach salads. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "New Sodo food bank aims to create welcoming, grocery-store environment," 24 June 2019 Place drumsticks on a rimmed baking sheet and roast, turning after 10 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through, 15 to 25 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cold Spiced Chicken," 20 May 2019 Flip chicken, and rotate pan 180 F. (Open top and bottom vents fully for charcoal grill.) Continue to cook, covered, until breasts register 155 F and drumsticks/thighs register 170 F, 10 to 14 minutes. Washington Post, "Make nicely glazed, unimpeachable peachy grilled chicken," 17 June 2019 For $20, prom-goers could purchase a corsage kit complete with a $5 gift card for the drumstick. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "KFC's most outrageous marketing stunts," 4 Apr. 2018 The meat of the drumstick should also be separating from the bone. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 Hidden under the drumsticks and thighs are rafts of baguette that sat under the rotisserie, imbibing every drop that fell from the bird. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of drumstick

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

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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