Haunch meaning

hônch, hŏnch
The loin and leg of a four-footed animal, especially as used for food.

A haunch of venison.

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The hip, buttock, and upper thigh in humans and certain other animals.
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Either of the sides of an arch, curving down from the apex to an impost.
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The definition of a haunch is the back part of a human or an animal including the hip, buttock and top of the thigh.

An example of a haunch is what a horse stands up on when he lifts his front two legs.

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The part of the body including the hip, buttock, and thickest part of the thigh.
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An animal's loin and leg together; joint of venison, mutton, etc.
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Either of the sides of an arch from the point of rising to the vertex.
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The hip, buttock, and upper thigh in humans and certain other animals.
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(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.
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The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
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(architecture) A squat vertical support structure.
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Origin of haunch

  • Middle English haunche from Old French hanche from Frankish hanka
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish.
    From Wiktionary