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[fawr-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-, fohr-]
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  1. the forward end of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb.

Origin of forequarter

First recorded in 1490–1500; fore- + quarter
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Examples from the Web for forequarter

Historical Examples

  • Chops from the forequarter are much cheaper than loin or kidney chops.

    Better Meals for Less Money

    Mary Green

  • Carve a forequarter of lamb, by separating the shoulder from the ribs, and then dividing the ribs.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy</p>

    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

  • 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

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

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

British Dictionary definitions for forequarter


  1. the front portion, including the leg, of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb
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