bon·y or bon·ey (bōnē)
adj. bon·i·er, bon·i·est also bon·ey·er or bon·ey·est
1. Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.
2. Having an internal skeleton of bones.
3. Full of bones: a bony fillet of fish.
a. Having prominent or protruding bones: a bony wrist.
b. Lean; scrawny.
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