hind·​quar·​ter ˈhīn(d)-ˌkwȯ(r)-tər How to pronounce hindquarter (audio)
: one side of the back half of the carcass of a quadruped including a leg and usually one or more ribs
hindquarters plural : the hind pair of legs of a quadruped
broadly : all the structures of a quadruped that lie posterior to the attachment of the hind legs to the trunk

Examples of hindquarter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite its resemblance to a zebra thanks to its striped hindquarters – a likeness that originally duped scientists into classifying them as relatives of the zebra – the okapi shares evolutionary traits with its much taller and lankier cousin. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 But academy voters were apparently too hung up on the image of Carrey talking out of his hindquarters and left him empty-handed. The New York Times Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Consequently, deer can cut, or change direction, quickly and fluidly, throwing a juke at a predator that might have otherwise sunk its teeth into a deer’s hindquarters. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 28 Feb. 2024 Try the versatile hindquarter and cut it into cubes, or choose a shoulder or shank that requires braising to become tender. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 1 Dec. 2023 Other signs are neurological: The virus travels to the brain and spinal cord, so infected cattle become disoriented and can’t move their hindquarters. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023 Round roasts of the hindquarters make the best jerky. Brad Fenson, Field & Stream, 18 Oct. 2023 Advertisement Searles set out to reteach the bears some boundaries using a combination of non-lethal methods — sometimes a gentle word, sometimes a sting to the hindquarters with rubber buckshot — that have netted ursine attention and respect. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Mule deer are fairly uniform in color, from hindquarters to face. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 28 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hindquarter was circa 1740

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“Hindquarter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindquarter. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


hind·​quar·​ter -ˌkwȯ(r)t-ər How to pronounce hindquarter (audio)
: one side of the back half of the body or carcass of a four-footed animal
a hindquarter of beef
plural : the part of a four-footed animal behind the attachment of the hind legs to the trunk

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