marrowbone [mar-oh-bohn] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN a bone containing edible marrow. marrowbones, Facetious. the knees.

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  • Origin of marrowbone Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at marrow1, bone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marrowbone Historical Examples of marrowbone

  • Nay, more: you are to do with it even as a dog with a marrowbone.

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  • This day also Mrs. Jemimah went to Marrowbone, so I could not see her.

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  • You tell Mrs. Prichard all about Mrs. Marrowbone and the bull in the duckpond.

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  • Old Mrs. Marrowbone’s hair was the only point he could seize on.

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  • Of course he couldn’t be her grandson, if he was already Mrs. Marrowbone’s.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for marrowbone marrowbone noun

    1. a bone containing edible marrow
    2. (as modifier)marrowbone jelly

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marrowbone n.

    late 14c., from marrow + bone (n.). A poetic Old English word for “bone” was mearhcofa “marrow-chamber.”

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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