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bare bones

pl.n. Informal
The basic elements or essentials: outlined the bare bones of the proposal.

bare′-bones′ adj.

bare′ bones′


n.pl.
the most essential facts or components: Reduce this report to its bare bones.
[1910–15]
bare′-bones`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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But radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones excavated just below the footprints now indicate that Homo sapiens made these tracks around 36,500 years ago, say David Webb of Pennsylvania's Kutztown University and colleagues.
The prehistoric cave bear bones at Grottes d'Aze distracted them for a while, as did the gloriously horned goats on the farm at Les Animaux des Petits Bois.
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Parks Canada archaeologists recently found grizzly bear bones dating back to 14,000 years.
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Her first book of poetry, Bear Bones & Feathers, won the Milton Acorn Award and was shortlisted for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award and the General Lambert Award.
The scientist in the DNA study of ancient brown bear bones found that polar bears' lineage descends from brown bears that lived near Ireland, and that the maternal ancestry likely began prior to or during the last ice age, according to the summary.
Over the years, scientists have collected lots of cave bear bones from across Europe, from northwest Spain to Russia's Ural Mountains, from Belgium to Greece.