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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bouk (plural bouks)

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