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  • adj. Used other than as an idiom: Having large bones.
  • adj. Fat, obese.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having large bones; stout; very strong.

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

  • adj. having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh


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