The haunches of a pair of elephants.
An example of a haunch is what a horse stands up on when he lifts his front two legs.
- the part of the body including the hip, buttock, and thickest part of the thigh
- an animal's loin and leg together; joint of venison, mutton, etc.
- Archit. either of the sides of an arch from the point of rising to the vertex
Origin of haunchMiddle English haunche from Old French hanche from Gmc, as in Middle Dutch hanke, haunch
- The hip, buttock, and upper thigh in humans and certain other animals.
- The loin and leg of a four-footed animal, especially as used for food: a haunch of venison.
- Architecture Either of the sides of an arch, curving down from the apex to an impost.
Origin of haunchMiddle English haunche from Old French hanche from Frankish hanka
From Middle English, from Old French, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish.