fore·​quar·​ter ˈfȯr-ˌkwȯ(r)-tər How to pronounce forequarter (audio)
: the front half of a lateral half of the body or carcass of a quadruped
a forequarter of beef

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The beef back ribs are trimmed off the outside of prime rib (part of the rib primal behind the forequarters) and consist of seven rib bones. Claire Perez,, 15 Nov. 2019 And if only beef from the forequarter is permitted, how will observant Jews parse meat grown in a lab, no bones and no quarters at all? Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forequarter was in the 15th century

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“Forequarter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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fore·​quar·​ter -ˌkwȯ(r)t-ər How to pronounce forequarter (audio)
: the left or right half of a front half of the body of a four-footed animal

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