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
Recent Examples of hindquarter from the Web
Males often chased, bit, struck, and scratched fertile females (easily distinguished by their bright red, swollen hindquarters), but not pregnant or lactating females.
Toasty hindquarters are a nice bone to throw at rear-seat riders, given the tightness of their accommodations.
Some dressed their dogs as well, fastening vibrant tutus around their hindquarters.
The donkey’s torso was full of puncture wounds and half of his hindquarters were eaten.
The donkey's torso was full of puncture wounds and half of his hindquarters were eaten.
Its small legs and hindquarters that work to steer the huge muscular bulk of the front end.
Refrigerator recently underwent hip surgery; in preparation for the operation, the veterinarian shaved his hindquarters.
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First Known Use of hindquarter
HINDQUARTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hindquarter for English Language Learners
: the back left or right part of the body of an animal with four feet
HINDQUARTER Defined for Kids
Definition of hindquarter for Students
: the back half of a side of the body or carcass of a four-footed animal
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