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1. The forked bone anterior to the breastbone of most birds, formed by the fusion of the clavicles.
2. Football An offensive formation in which the halfbacks are positioned behind and to the left and right of the fullback.
[From the superstition that when two people pull the bone apart a wish will be fulfilled for the person who retains the longer piece.]
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(Zoology) the V-shaped bone above the breastbone in most birds consisting of the fused clavicles; furcula
[C17: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish]
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1. a forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles, in front of the breastbone in most birds; furcula.
2. a football offensive formation in which the fullback is directly behind the quarterback and two halfbacks are farther behind to either side.
[1850–55, Amer.; so called from the custom of pulling the furcula of a cooked fowl apart until it breaks, the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece being granted a wish]
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The forked bone in front of the breastbone in most birds, consisting of the two collarbones partly fused together. It serves as a spring, capturing some of the energy during the downward stroke of the wings for release on the upward stroke.
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furcula - a forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles of most birds
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wishbone[ˈwɪʃbəʊn] N → espoleta f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
wishbone[ˈwɪʃbəʊn] n → bréchet mwishful thinking [ˈwɪʃf
it's wishful thinking → c'est prendre ses désirs pour des réalitéswish list n → liste f de souhaits
... one special toy that tops the wish list of every child → ... un jouet en particulier, arrivant en tête de la liste de souhaits de chaque enfant ..., ... un jouet particulier, figurant en premier sur la commande au Père Noël de chaque enfant ...
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Gabelbein nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
wishbone[ˈwɪʃˌbəʊn] n (of turkey, chicken) → forcella
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995