haunch (plural haunches)
- (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.
- The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
- (architecture) A squat vertical support structure.
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- 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part IV, Chapter II
- But I had no time to pursue these reflections; for the gray horse came to the door, and made me a sign to follow him into the third room where I saw a very comely mare, together with a colt and foal, sitting on their haunches upon mats of straw, not unartfully made, and perfectly neat and clean.
- 18?? — John Greenleaf Whittier, The Garrison of Cape Ann
- On the rough-hewn oaken table the venison haunch was shared.
- 1855 — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, III
- And the rabbit from his path-way
Leaped aside, and at a distance
Sat erect upon his haunches.
- 1894 — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
- Now these are the Laws of the Jungle,
and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law
and the haunch and the hump is – Obey!
- 1916 — Wilfred Owen, The Wrestlers
- While Heracles, - the thews and cordage of his thighs
Straitened and strained beyond the utmost stretch
From quivering heel to haunch like sweating hawsers.
- c.1918 — Carl Sandburg, Fog
- The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
on silent haunches and then moves on.
area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks
loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food
squat vertical support structure