From Latin ossum, popular variant of os, ossis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ost- (“bone”). Compare Catalan os, French os, Interlingua osso, Italian osso, Portuguese osso, Romanian os, Sardinian ossu. Political sense comes from comparing a dog looking for and defending a bone and a politician searching a position.
hueso m (plural huesos)
- (anatomy) bone
- (botany) a stone; the central part of some fruits, consisting of the seed and a hard endocarp layer (like those of peach, olive, avocado or mango)
- (politics, Mexico, slang) a political position (designated or elected)