bouk

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bouk, from Old English būc ‎(belly, stomach, pitcher), from Proto-Germanic *būkaz ‎(belly, body), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- ‎(to blow, swell). Cognate with Scots bouk, bowk, buik ‎(body, carcass), Dutch buik ‎(belly), German Bauch ‎(belly, stomach), Swedish buk ‎(belly, abdomen), Icelandic búkur ‎(torso). See also bucket.

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Noun[edit]

bouk ‎(plural bouks)

  1. (Britain dialectal or obsolete) The belly.
  2. (Britain dialectal) The trunk or torso of the body, hence the body itself.
  3. (Britain dialectal) The carcass of a slaughtered animal.