• WordNet 3.6
    • n drumstick a stick used for playing a drum
    • n drumstick the lower joint of the leg of a fowl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drumstick A stick with which a drum is beaten.
    • Drumstick Anything resembling a drumstick in form; -- applied especially to the tibiotarsus, or second joint, of the leg of a fowl, when cooked and served at the table.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drumstick One of the sticks used in beating a drum. That used for the bass drum bush soft, stuffed head. Drumsticks are generally used in pairs, one in each hand of the performer.
    • n drumstick Hence, from its shape, the lower or outer joint of the leg of a dressed fowl, as a chicken, duck, or turkey. Anatomically, it is the leg from the knee to the heel, the leg proper, or crus, intervening between the thigh and the shank, which latter is usually cut off when the fowl is dressed for the table.
    • n drumstick The stilt-sandpiper or bastard dowitcher, Micropalama himantopus.
    • n drumstick The tetanus bacillus, which has a round spore at one extremity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Drumstick the stick with which the drum is beat: the leg of a cooked fowl
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root found in Dut. trom, Ger. trommel, a drum; prob. imit.


In literature:

But they had scarce dropped the drumsticks and other bones out of their fingers, when one and all fell violently sick.
"The Castaways" by Captain Mayne Reid
The keys are struck by small drumsticks to produce the sound.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Larry kept the two drumsticks as well as the wings of the gobbler.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
Four fairies held him down, and a fifth belaboured his head with a drumstick.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
P. S. Please give my love and a turkey drumstick to Mike.
"'Smiles'" by Eliot H. Robinson
There they had polished off the grand "drumsticks" of the ostrich, by good luck already roasted.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
One drumstick was given to Jericho, whose interior remained an unsatisfied void.
"Southern Stories" by Various
I could be lots thankfuller over a drumstick than over a cabbage leaf or a beet pickle.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Cats never take the drumsticks when there is a breast, you are aware.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
He put so much soul into the drumsticks that the noise was perfectly deafening.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
The darling's dancing like a drumstick!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Aristide's eyes sparkled, his fingers itched for the drumsticks, he started to his feet.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
A few drumsticks and several slices of cake remained to show what had been.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
When possible, it is better not to use the drumsticks.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Mrs. Marley was excited by so grand a customer, and was a great while counting out the drumsticks, and wrapping them up.
"An Arrow in a Sunbeam" by Various
Drumsticks will make a noise, so any man may make himself heard if he will.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
With the drumsticks he thumped on the dulcimer.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Accompanying each was a drumstick, and, with a few directions how to use it, he left us.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
There was no bell at the Bartletts': but from the door hung a bass-drumstick, with which visitors were expected to thump.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
He gave the food, and their great kettles in which it was cooked were also their drums, with spoons for drumsticks.
"Constantinople" by William Holden Hutton

In poetry:

March into the village-school, make the tables rattle
Like a dozen dam’ machine-guns in the bloody-battle,
Use your forks for drumsticks, use your plates for drums,
Make a most infernal clatter, here the dinner comes.
"Going in to Dinner" by Edward Shanks

In news:

1.2 million pounds of unprocessed drumsticks are part of move to healthier lunches.
That's right, Tommy Lee and his giant drumsticks turn 50-years-old today.
As we reported recently, Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was set to be honored by his birth city, Warren, Ohio, with some record breaking drumsticks.
Yes, Dave Grohl can pound the drums with the best of them, but he may have a little trouble dealing with the drumsticks presented by the city of his birth – Warren, Ohio.
According to the Youngstown News, the city has constructed 900-pound drumsticks out of huge poplar logs as a tribute to one of their favorite sons.
Runners take off at the start of the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Drumstick Dash 5k run/walk.
Downtown Roanoke hosts the annual "Drumstick Dash " 5-K, Thursday, November 22.
Here's a little tale that might persuade even the vegans among us to set aside their Tofurky this Thanksgiving and enjoy a real drumstick.
On Thursday, though, Snyder grabbed one of Colbeck's drumsticks and began beating the drum along with Colbeck and other House and Senate Republicans determined to push right to work legislation through in the lame-duck session.
The drumsticks cost more than $20,000.
Maybe they both wanted the drumstick.
NEWPORT — Vic Firth Inc, the world's largest manufacturer of drumsticks, has announced the sale of its Vic Firth Gourmet division to Maine Wood Concepts.
As Chicago became the latest city to tell Chick-fil-A it isn't welcome because its president doesn't support gay marriage, legal experts said the communities don't have a drumstick to stand on.
Bill includes $20,000 on drumsticks for interactive drumming experience.
Sitting on yoga mats staggered across the floor, our instructors, Kirsten and Christina, told us to grab the lime green drumsticks they had placed in front of us.