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  • n. Plural form of bone.
  • n. A percussive folk musical instrument played as a pair in one hand, often made from bovine ribs.
  • n. The act of two fists meeting together in the manner equivalent to a high-five.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bone.

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  • n. a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance

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  • Bobbins for making lace, probably first made of bones. Hence bone lace. --Grose's 1787 A Provincial Glossary. Term from the north of England.

    May 4, 2011

  • I used to work in a vertebrate collections. Lots of boxes of bones and feathers and eggs and things hung out on my desk.

    January 23, 2008

  • Fried chicken was served at a large family gathering. Little Georgie was offered a piece of chicken: breast or drumstick? He would only reply, "Must have been a mamma chicken." Repeatedly. Insistently. Louder each time. Never lived that down!

    July 26, 2007

  • I called chicken (as in the prepared poultry, not the living creature) bones as a kid. It is obvious why, right?

    February 19, 2007