mar·​row·​bone | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌbōn How to pronounce marrowbone (audio) , -ō-ˌbōn \

Definition of marrowbone

1 : a bone (such as a shinbone) rich in marrow
2 marrowbones plural : knees

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Recent Examples on the Web A thin layer of smoked mascarpone tops the veal tartare in a marrowbone. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Los Angeles Magazine Hot Restaurant List for July 2017," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of marrowbone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Marrowbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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