thigh·​bone | \ ˈthī-ˌbōn How to pronounce thighbone (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Ligaments connect bones, and the ACL connects the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco faces tough rehab from knee injury," 11 Sep. 2020 Workers had uncovered a huge thighbone while digging up calcium-rich marl for fertilizer on the farm of one John Masten. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 Simply fillet the meat off the thighbone and cut away the knuckle that’s attached to the meat. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher and Cook Wild Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks," 6 May 2020 The bones also included a right thighbone (femur) and hipbone (ischium), a right arm, and part of a lower right jaw and a few teeth. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Anthropologists describe the first skeleton of a Homo naledi child," 10 Apr. 2020 On the bottom of one of the thighbones, at the upper edge of the knee joint, was a small pale spot — as if some bone were missing — surrounded by a rim of bright white. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "She Had Pain in Her Knee but No Obvious Injury. Why?," 26 Feb. 2020 Passenger Joseph Babcock suffered a broken thighbone and internal injuries. Terry Spencer, The Denver Post, "Former Broncos star Deltha O’Neal charged with DUI after crash," 18 Dec. 2019 Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of a broken thighbone and fractured pelvis. City News Service,, "Hit-and-run crash seriously injures bicyclist," 14 May 2018 The labrum also acts like a rubber seal to hold the ball at the top of a thighbone securely within a hip socket. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU's Paul Mainieri confident in Nick Coomes if Hunter Feduccia can't go for season opener," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of thighbone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Thighbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thighbone

: the long bone in the upper part of the leg

thigh bone

\ ˈthī-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn \

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