wishbone

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noun wish·bone \ˈwish-ˌbōn\

Definition of wishbone

  1. 1 :  a forked bone in front of the breastbone in a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end

  2. 2 :  a variation of the T formation in which the halfbacks line up farther from the line of scrimmage than the fullback does

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Origin and Etymology of wishbone

from the superstition that when two persons pull it apart the one getting the longer fragment will have a wish granted


First Known Use: 1847


WISHBONE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wishbone for English Language Learners

  • : a bone that is at the front of a bird's chest and that is shaped like a V


WISHBONE Defined for Kids

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noun wish·bone \ˈwish-ˌbōn\

Definition of wishbone for Students

  1. :  a bone in front of a bird's breastbone that is shaped like a V



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