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This dart flies true, striking the matriarch of the herd in the haunches.
My parents describe professors who were warm and friendly, who shared a haunch of venison or a string of trout (both terrifying to a South Indian woman who barely knew how to cook and had to mail order spices from New York).
There’s Leo the Lion, which kind of resembles the profile of a lion on its haunches but looks more like a backward question mark tipping over to the right.
Mr. Rush gently dug his fingers into Luna’s haunches.
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Origin and Etymology of haunch
Middle English haunche, from Anglo-French hanche, haunche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch hanke haunch
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
HAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of haunch for English Language Learners
: the upper part of a person's or animal's leg; especially : the upper part of an animal's rear leg used as meat
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