Skeleton is the internal support for something or the most basic and essential part of something.(noun)
See skeleton in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ModL < Gr < skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy < skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard < IE base *(s)kel- > shallow
See skeleton in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Greek skeleton (sōma), dried-up (body)
Origin: , neuter of skeletos
Origin: , from skellesthai, to dry up.
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