knucklebone

noun
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 To win, players raced their opponent to the opposite end of the board, moving pieces according to knucklebone dice rolls. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knucklebone. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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