From Middle English schinboon, schineboon, from Old English sċinbān (“shin, shinbone”), from Proto-Germanic *skinōbainą, equivalent to shin + bone. Cognate with Dutch scheenbeen (“shinbone”), German Schienbein (“shinbone”), Danish skinneben (“shin, shinbone”), Swedish skenben (“shinbone”).
shinbone (plural shinbones)
- (anatomy) The inner and usually the larger of the two bones of the leg or hind limb below the knee
- (zoology) A segment of an insect's leg.