- the forked clavicle in front of the breastbone of most birds; furcula: so called from the custom whereby two persons make wishes and snap a dried wishbone in two, the longer fragment being regarded as a sign that the holder's wish will be fulfilled
- ☆ Football an offensive formation in which the fullback lines up directly behind the quarterback and the two halfbacks line up to the rear and on either side of the fullback
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- The forked bone anterior to the breastbone of most birds, formed by the fusion of the clavicles.
- Football An offensive formation in which the halfbacks are positioned behind and to the left and right of the fullback.
Origin: From the superstition that when two people pull the bone apart a wish will be fulfilled for the person who retains the longer piece.
wishbone - Science Definition
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