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[fawr-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌkwɔr tər, -ˌkwɔ-, ˈfoʊr-/
the forward end of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb.
Origin of forequarter
First recorded in 1490-1500; fore- + quarter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Carve a forequarter of lamb, by separating the shoulder from the ribs, and then dividing the ribs.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • The aims of both rangers had been true, and the wildcat was struck in the forequarter and in the head.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • Chops from the forequarter are much cheaper than loin or kidney chops.

  • With a snarl, the beast leaped out toward them, the blood flowing from a wound along one forequarter.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • The forequarter of lamb, although quite fat, is tender and of good flavor, and costs much less than a leg of lamb.

  • "Dave hit him in the forequarter," announced Roger, after an examination of the dead animal.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • The forequarter of mutton usually is not served whole unless the mutton be very small.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • The rest of the forequarter can be used for fricassee, Scotch broth, croquettes, and many other dishes.

  • The dory slackened speed, turned in obedience to the steering oar, and slid under the forequarter of the anchored vessel.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for forequarter


the front portion, including the leg, of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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