knuck·​le·​bone | \ ˈnək-əl-ˌbōn How to pronounce knucklebone (audio) \

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

Examples of knucklebone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a onetime priest, McLaughlin would have undoubtedly understood the desire to possess a relic from a venerated figure, like a saint’s knucklebone or a sliver of the true cross. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Issue One: Would you wear a suit that once belonged to John McLaughlin?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of knucklebone

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Knucklebone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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