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The Collaborative Dictionary

Merrythought \Mer"ry*thought`\, n. The forked bone of a fowl's breast; -- called also wishbone. See Furculum. [1913 Webster] Note: It is a sportive custom for two persons to break this bone by pulling the ends apart to see who will get the longer piece, the securing of which is regarded as a lucky omen, signifying that the person holding it will obtain the gratification of some secret wish. [1913 Webster]
Wishbone \Wish"bone`\, n. The forked bone in front of the breastbone in birds; -- called also merrythought, and wishing bone. See Merrythought, and Furculum. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wishbone n : the furcula of a domestic fowl [syn: wishing bone]

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  1. A forked bone between the neck and breast of a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end. (Scientific name: furcula)
  2. A spar in two parts, between which a sail is hoisted, the wishbone extending its clew.
  3. Any sailing vessel rigged with a wishbone.


bird's bone


wishbone (no or )
  1. Incorporating a wishbone spar in the rig, as: "a wishbone ketch", "a wishbone schooner".



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