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

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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 Officials say the dog has dislocated knees, arthritis and an infected, open wound on her hindquarters. Fox News, "Blind, deaf dog allegedly abandoned by owner finds new home," 10 Sep. 2018 The underside of the lion’s body, tail, and hindquarters are in shadow. Amy Raudenbush, Philly.com, "Hey, kids: Draw this lion for a chance to see your artwork published," 29 June 2018 Yet this frog’s glamorous hindquarters are meant to repel attention, not attract it. National Geographic, "Why This Frog’s Poisonous, Inflatable Backside Is Staring at You," 26 May 2018 Now that the weather gods are finally smiling on Chicago, downtown office workers are plopping their hindquarters on comfortable, but not entirely faithful, knockoffs of a chair once meant to receive the backsides of the king and queen of Spain. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "More is more: Knockoff Barcelona chairs enliven AMA Plaza," 1 May 2018 Others include a Canada goose with severe leg injuries from fishing line, a woodchuck with a large lesion on its hindquarters and an opossum with a frostbitten tail. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clover, the adorable fox kit found abandoned last week, is improving at Humane Society," 22 Mar. 2018 This was an, ahem, epic fall. Besecker launched into something that looked almost elegant — a moonwalk, maybe? — before finishing splayed on his hindquarters for all the block to see. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Man whose epic, icy faceplant video was seen by millions: ‘It’s not my first spill’," 12 Jan. 2018 The additional weight gives them a couple extra inches of thick fat on their hindquarters, which helps keep them warm in temperatures as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Who Runs the Sleigh? Girls! Science Says Santa's Reindeer Are Actually All Female," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hindquarter

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


hind·​quar·​ter | \ ˈhīnd-ˌkwȯr-tər How to pronounce hindquarter (audio) \

Kids Definition of hindquarter

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

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