Merrythought Mer"ry*thought`, n. The forked bone of a fowl's breast; -- called also {wishbone}. See {Furculum}. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is a sportive custom for two persons to break this bone by pulling the ends apart to see who will get the longer piece, the securing of which is regarded as a lucky omen, signifying that the person holding it will obtain the gratification of some secret wish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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