from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.
  • adjective Having an internal skeleton of bones.
  • adjective Full of bones.
  • adjective Having prominent or protruding bones.
  • adjective Lean; scrawny.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of bone or bones; full of bones; pertaining to or of the nature of bone.
  • Having large or prominent bones; stout; strong.
  • Reduced to bones; thin; attenuated.
  • Hard and tough like bone, as the fruit and seeds of some plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of bone, or of bones; full of bones; pertaining to bones.
  • adjective Having large or prominent bones.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) the menhaden.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) the gar pike (Lepidosteus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective resembling, having the appearance or consistence of, or relating to bone; osseous.
  • adjective full of bones
  • adjective with little flesh; skinny, thin
  • adjective having prominent bones

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  • adjective composed of or containing bone
  • adjective having bones especially many or prominent bones


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  • Although he is called a bony ass on account of his strength, [209] which would enable him to endure labors, especially such as were rustic, yet at the same time his sloth is indicated: for it is added a little afterwards, that he should be of servile disposition.

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