from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.
  • adj. Having an internal skeleton of bones.
  • adj. Full of bones: a bony fillet of fish.
  • adj. Having prominent or protruding bones: a bony wrist.
  • adj. Lean; scrawny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of bone, or of bones; full of bones; pertaining to bones.
  • adj. Having large or prominent bones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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  • And the thing is, that (1) while we know that mammals have pinnae, that doesn’t mean that non-mammalian mammaliaforms did, and (2) it’s well established that basal mammaliaforms like Megazostrodon differed in bony ear anatomy from mammals.

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  • When they had closed the mine, the owners had dumped a couple of truckloads of bony, which is nothing more than the reject stuff from the shakers in the tipple, onto the road to the mine.

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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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  • At Fig. 2 we have removed the skin and muscles and exposed the two main structural features in the form of the eye, namely the bony ring of the socket and the globe containing the lenses and retina.

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  • It is now known as the bony-scaled pike, or gar pike, _Lepidosteus osseus_.

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  •       “Her face, a little, But don't you find her kind of bony?”

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