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

  • n. A knobbed bone, as of a knuckle or joint.

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  • n. A bone that forms a knuckle in the human hand, in an animal's paw or any bone that forms a similar bump.
  • n. A die


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  • Sheep knucklebone floors were a passing fad among 19th-century estate owners, used for decorating gothic grottos and the like.

    Country diary: Allen Banks, Northumberland

  • Just after the photo Pritch nabbed a knucklebone as large as her head ... who can blame her?

    Rawhide: Good or Bad for Pup?

  • It was a huge knucklebone from a cow, I think, or a pig.

    The Nervous Breakdown

  • Beside her might have lain the tiny items that she used in her ritual: amber, seashells, knucklebone, and glass.

    The Spartacus War

  • Apocalyptic knucklebone, black-letter font so antique among the modern things, you cause the room to flinch at my intrusion, quaver in corners, trill in mortised triplets the crowded heavy boots, sodden mat, stiff thicket of broom.

    The Best American Poetry 2008

  • “Bonsoir yourself,” Lesgourges replied, as he popped a curved knucklebone into his mouth, to suck it clean.

    The Art Thief

  • Most of the sailors on the beach were asleep except for a few sitting around fading campfires playing knucklebone dice.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • With a piece of knucklebone-Ayla thought it came from a woolly rhinoceros -- Tronie mashed the seeds to a paste.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • I am offering you a job with importance for no reason except I think you can do it better than some knucklebone heads on Earth.

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • There might have been more pork on the knucklebone, -- which knucklebone the carver at the cook's shop had assuredly not forgotten in carving for previous customers -- but there was no stint of seasoning, and that is an accessory dreamily suggesting pork, and pleasantly cheating the sense of taste.

    The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain


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