hind·​quar·​ter | \ ˈhīn(d)-ˌkwȯ(r)-tər How to pronounce hindquarter (audio) , -ˌkȯ(r)- \

Definition of hindquarter

1 : one side of the back half of the carcass of a quadruped including a leg and usually one or more ribs
2 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 Also on the hindquarter are the shank and some stew meat that trims off the other cuts. Jamie Carlson, Outdoor Life, "The Best Ways to Cook Every Cut of Venison," 27 Aug. 2019 Venison hindquarters produce the most meat, which can be broken down into large, usable cuts. Jamie Carlson, Outdoor Life, "The Best Ways to Cook Every Cut of Venison," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead, cut the backstraps into 10- to 12-inch-long sections, leave the individual muscles and muscle groups of the hindquarter whole, and freeze it all like that. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Making Meat: A Step-by-Step Guide to Butchering Your Own Deer," 29 Aug. 2019 On the rest of the hindquarter, natural seams of silverskin run between large muscles. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Making Meat: A Step-by-Step Guide to Butchering Your Own Deer," 29 Aug. 2019 Caroline had seen fit to have her pony make the homeward trip with its hindquarters thrust into Delphine’s ravished clothes. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper's magazine, "The Country in the Woman," 6 Jan. 2020 In Gorongosa, the dogs target bushbuck, impala and waterbuck, surrounding the prey, grabbing at legs, nose and hindquarters, disemboweling it from below. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise," 3 Aug. 2019 In the first case in Spartanburg, on Nov. 8, a 29-year-old horse suffered four deep lacerations to its hindquarters and belly. Fox News, "Mystery horse attacks that have killed several animals leave South Carolina investigators stumped," 20 Nov. 2019 During the recent fieldwork, Kenyan Wildlife Service veterinarian Mathew Mutinda darted the shoulder or hindquarters of a reticulated giraffe from both a car and a helicopter. National Geographic, "How to save the world's tallest animal," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of hindquarter

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hindquarter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindquarter. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hindquarter

: the back left or right part of the body of an animal with four feet


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Kids Definition of hindquarter

: the back half of a side of the body or carcass of a four-footed animal

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