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[hahynd-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-] /ˈhaɪndˌkwɔr tər, -ˌkwɔ-/
the posterior end of a halved carcass of beef, lamb, etc., sectioned usually between the twelfth and thirteenth ribs.
hindquarters, the rear part of an animal.
Origin of hindquarter
First recorded in 1880-85; hind1 + quarter Unabridged
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  • Something about his hindquarters had been wrenched or torn or broken.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • And so he swung his hindquarters up to the sky, and down he went to the bottom.

  • We got the backbone apart and strung the hindquarters on a stake.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • The tail and hindquarters, however, proclaim the crocodilian original.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • His hindquarters should be strong, with the hocks quite near the ground.

    The Airedale

    Williams Haynes
  • The hindquarters, though strong, should be lighter in proportion to the forequarters.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • Clean and cut them in halves, leaving two ribs on the hindquarters.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • He was a light gray over all his hindquarters, with shoulders and head black.

  • I proceeded towards it, and soon perceived that it was a fox, sitting up on his hindquarters.

  • If the badger managed to snap the dog's hindquarters, an angry tussle ensued, but never resulted in a real fight.

British Dictionary definitions for hindquarters


one of the two back quarters of a carcass of beef, lamb, etc
(pl) the rear, esp of a four-legged animal
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