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n.1.(Anat.) The wishbone or merrythought of birds, formed by the united clavicles.
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Investigation of palpation as a method for determining the prevalence of keel and furculum damage in laying hens.
rubecula for the amount of fat deposited within the furculum of the clavicle (claviculo-coracoid fat body within the tracheal pit), using a basic scale ranging from 0 (no visible fat) to 4 (bulging lipid depot; for a description, see Herrera 1974).