knucklebone

noun knuck·le·bone \ ˈnək-əl-ˌbōn \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of knucklebone

1 : a bone (such as a metatarsus or metacarpus of a sheep) used in games and formerly in divination
2 knucklebones plural in form but singular in construction : a game played with knucklebones or jacks

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1577

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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