Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow, forked strip of material joining the front and back sections of the fingers of gloves.
  • n. Anatomy A small band or fold of mucous membrane forming the posterior margin of the vulva and connecting the posterior ends of the labia majora.
  • n. Zoology See furcula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fork-shaped structure, specifically the fold of skin where the labia minora meet above the perineum (the frenulum labiorum pudendi).
  • n. A fork-shaped instrument or device, specifically the forked structure between two fingers of a glove.
  • n. An instrument used to raise and support the tongue during the cutting of the frenulum.
  • n. The wishbone or furculum of birds
  • n. The frog of the hoof of the horse and allied animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A table fork.
  • n.
  • n. A small fold of membrane, connecting the labia in the posterior part of the vulva.
  • n. The wishbone or furculum of birds.
  • n. The frog of the hoof of the horse and allied animals.
  • n. An instrument used to raise and support the tongue during the cutting of the frænum.
  • n. The forked piece between two adjacent fingers, to which the front and back portions are sewed.
  • n. The combination of the card immediately above and the one immediately below a given card.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, an instrument used to raise and support the tongue during the operation of dividing the frenum.
  • n. In glove-making, the side of a finger, to which the front and back portions are sewed. Also forgette.
  • n. In ornithology, the furcula or united clavicles of a bird; the merrythought or wishbone of a fowl.
  • n. In anatomy, the frenulum pudendi; the small thin fold just within the posterior commissure of the vulva, separated therefrom by the fossa navicularis, and commonly ruptured in first parturition.
  • n. The combination in one hand of the cards immediately above and below the one led, such as queen and 10 over a jack.

Etymologies

French, from Old French forchete, fork, diminutive of forche, pitchfork, from Latin furca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fourchette. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An amnihook and packets of lube scattered around a cake ... what the fourchette?

    The Bakers Wrecked 'Em

  • Penelope; “a déjeûner à la fourchette — we know, Clara, you would die of doing the honours of a formal dinner.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Now this merchant was a belle fourchette, and the Robber seeing this, said to himself, “I have found my chance.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The fork is modern even in the East and the Moors borrow their term for it from fourchette.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • (The indigenous word for "fork", a utensil introduced to the area by the French, is a delightful example of this exchange - the French fourchette became, and still is, fourchetl to the region's locals.)

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  • They took a close look at Cap Fourchu which resembled the tongs of a fourchette, or fork, and Champlain studied an attractive harbor that is now the port of Yarmouth.

    Champlain's Dream

  • J'ai une assez bonne idée de la fourchette (comparé à d'autres événements du même calibre) et clairement, on va pas chercher dans les tarifs Web2.0 Expo ou LeWeb3 (ou même LIFT), mais on ne va pas non plus pouvoir faire un événement commercial à “très bas prix” (la conférence à 99€, ça va pas le faire).

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  • Her fourchette stayed in her left hand and the knife in her right; in this fashion she continued to cut pieces of beef and potato and forked them into her mouth until she had reached the bottom of the assiette, at which point she tore a section of bread from the baguette and wiped the plate clean.

    Words in a French Life

  • And the two gentlemen were laying their heads together and consulting as to the best means of being useful to Mrs. Becky, while she was finishing her interrupted dejeuner a la fourchette.

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