haunch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

haunch (plural haunches)

  1. (anatomy) The area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks on one side of a human, primate, or quadruped animal, especially one that can sit on its hindquarters.
  2. The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
  3. (architecture) A squat vertical support structure.

Quotations[edit]

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  • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part IV, Chapter II
    But I had no time to pursue these reflections; for the gray horse came to the door, and made me a sign to follow him into the third room where I saw a very comely mare, together with a colt and foal, sitting on their haunches upon mats of straw, not unartfully made, and perfectly neat and clean.
  • 18??John Greenleaf Whittier, The Garrison of Cape Ann
    On the rough-hewn oaken table the venison haunch was shared.
  • 1855Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, III
    And the rabbit from his path-way
    Leaped aside, and at a distance
    Sat erect upon his haunches.
  • 1894Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
    Now these are the Laws of the Jungle,
    and many and mighty are they;
    But the head and the hoof of the Law
    and the haunch and the hump is -- Obey!
  • 1916Wilfred Owen, The Wrestlers
    While Heracles, - the thews and cordage of his thighs
    Straitened and strained beyond the utmost stretch
    From quivering heel to haunch like sweating hawsers.
  • c.1918Carl Sandburg, Fog
    The fog comes on little cat feet.
    It sits looking over harbor and city
    on silent haunches and then moves on.

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