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  • n. The upper part of cattle's foreleg
  • n. A cut of meat from this part

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cut of meat from the upper part of a front leg


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  • It's easy to get mired in the numerous parts of a steer, whereas the diminutive size of the lamb carcass made clearer the distinctions between the shoulder, rack, loin, leg, and foreshank.

    Serious Eats: New York

  • That said, the baby back pork ribs with demi glace and honey-soy sauce were fan-freakin-tastic, as was the Cordero, a ridiculously tender lamb foreshank, braised in rioja red wine, orange zest, and coriander.



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  • A black horse, standing on trembling hind legs that shook in apprehension of the raised front hooves, hsi beautiful ribboned head pointed down and toward the trainer's whip, pranced slowly, the foreshanks flickering to the whip.

    —Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

    November 19, 2008