os·​si·​frage ˈä-sə-frij How to pronounce ossifrage (audio)

Word History


Latin ossifraga, a bird of prey, from feminine of ossifragus bone-breaking, from oss-, os + frangere to break — more at break

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ossifrage was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Ossifrage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ossifrage. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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