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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On Thursday, visitors grabbed a final turkey drumstick, cotton candy ice cream sandwich or bacon-wrapped anything. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Not in Kansas anymore: San Diego County Fair wraps up “Oz” themed run," 4 July 2019 The launch went down about as well as a dodgy drumstick. The Economist, "A British anti-knife drive comes home to roost," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s why the large tibiotarsi, or drumsticks, of this bird stood out. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "This toddler-size parrot was a prehistoric oddity," 6 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, pat chicken thighs and drumsticks dry; season with kosher salt and black pepper. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Blackberry-Glazed Chicken," 5 Aug. 2019 Jeremy: Those are the Vic Firth Corpsmaster drumsticks. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Big Gigantic?," 21 June 2019 Kids 10 and under can order chicken drumsticks ($5), quesadillas ($5) and more. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Santa Clara’s The Hut 2.0, now with smoked meats," 11 July 2019 Church’s also launched a docu-series on the World’s Fastest Drummer competition — because drumming could be loosely tied to drumsticks. Wendy Lee, latimes.com, "Brands like HP and Apple try film to reach young consumers who skip commercials," 11 June 2019 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

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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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