“Instead of clumps of oak and elm, the West is populated with chapparal of thorns and pungent with oils (I only know that after having walked among ‘em, since we don’t yet have smell-o-vision) and rock outcroppings like giant knucklebones stacked on one another, carved out of red rock or bleaching granite.”
“It was a scene of primeval wilderness in the midst of managed National Trust landscape, made all the more mystical by the fact we were standing on a small, circular platform of sheep knucklebones.”
“The pain that shot through my knucklebones and up my hand felt good.”
“She wove our clothes, played knucklebones, snakes & ladders, lined up with other women at the well, walked home balancing the vase on her head as she balanced our family, the oikos.”
“Instead, she sees women with spines that move like ribbons of knucklebones beneath their sweat-soaked leotards, and a short, barrel-chested man with a bald head like Daddy Warbucks who yells for them to do it higher!”
“Why would a woman in ancient Persia have been buried with "some 600 pieces" of knucklebones in her grave?”
“Hucklebones and knucklebones are syn.: but the latter is modern and liable to give a false idea, besides being tautological.”
“By the way, games actually played by the Spartans include competitive physical activities, as well as knucklebones, jacks, dice games, and checkers games.”
“I soon found him; he was playing knucklebones in the churchyard with some other boys.”
“From her vantage point on a stony outcrop Piria watched the men playing knucklebones, gossiping, and arguing.”
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