paunch

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English paunche, from Old Northern French panche, Old French pance (French panse), from Latin pantex.

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paunch (plural paunches)

  1. The first compartment of the stomach of a ruminant, the rumen.
  2. The contents of this stomach in a slaughtered animal, viewed as food or a byproduct.
  3. The belly of a human, especially a large, fat protruding one.
    Since retiring from athletics, he has developed a paunch.
  4. (nautical) A paunch mat.
  5. The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper.

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Verb[edit]

paunch (third-person singular simple present paunches, present participle paunching, simple past and past participle paunched)

  1. To remove the internal organs of a ruminant, prior to eating.

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Noun[edit]

paunch

  1. Alternative form of paunche