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nounEnglish Regional, South-Western
With singular and plural concord. Formerly: the bones of a human or animal, a skeleton; (also) a very thin or undernourished person or animal. In later use chiefly: the skeleton or framework (of a thing); dried stalks.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Will of William Otteley. Perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch raem, rame frame, framework, Old Saxon hrama frame, framework (Middle Low German rāme), Old High German rama post, support, framework (Middle High German ram, rame, German Rahmen frame, framework), of uncertain origin.
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