from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The hip-bone, or os innominatum, which forms one side of the pelvis; also the ilium or the largest of the three bones composing each innominate bone.


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  • Its haunch-bone is long, like a thigh, and is attached to the body as far as the middle of the belly; so like to a thigh is it that when viewed separately it looks like a real one, while the real thigh is

    The History of Animals

  • Below the level of the backbone, after the haunch-bone, comes the hip-socket; then the leg-bones, those in the thighs and those in the shins, which are termed colenes or limb-bones, a part of which is the ankle, while a part of the same is the so-called

    The History of Animals

  • In association with the upright posture, the ilium or great haunch-bone of birds extends far forwards in front of the articulation of the thigh-bone, so that the pelvis in this region has a T-shape, the ilium forming the cross-bar of the T, and the femur or thigh-bone the downward limb.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • Phao heard his teeth crack on a haunch-bone and grunted approvingly.

    The Second Jungle Book

  • The two ischia (one to each haunch-bone) support man's body when in a sitting posture.

    The Common Frog

  • Each "haunch-bone" consists of three parts, which are, in Fig. 51.

    The Common Frog

  • When the paunch is to be punctured, the animal must be stabbed with a knife (a penknife will do) midway between the haunch-bone and the last rib of the left side; and the opening should be prevented from closing, by the introduction of a tin tube or something of that kind, till the gases are dispelled.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • Words.] [Footnote 89: The ‘canelle boon’ between the hind legs must be the pelvis, or pelvic arch, or else the _ilium_ or haunch-bone: and in cutting up the rabbit many good carvers customarily disjoint the haunch-bones before helping any one to the rump.

    Early English Meals and Manners


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