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[thahy] /θaɪ/
the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.
the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region.
  1. the true femoral region that is hidden by the skin or feathers of the body.
  2. the segment below, containing the fibula and tibia.
Entomology. the femur.
Origin of thigh
before 900; Middle English thi, thigh(e), the(h), Old English thīoh, thēoh; cognate with Dutch dij, Old High German dioh, Old Norse thjō Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for thighs


the part of the leg between the hip and the knee in man
the corresponding part in other vertebrates and insects
adjectives crural femoral
Word Origin
Old English thēh; related to Old Frisian thiāch, Old High German dioh thigh, Old Norse thjō buttock, Old Slavonic tyku fat
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Word Origin and History for thighs



Old English þeoh, þeh, from Proto-Germanic *theukhom (cf. Old Frisian thiach, Old Dutch thio, Dutch dij, Old Norse þjo, Old High German dioh), from PIE *teuk- from root *teu- "to swell" (cf. Lithuanian taukas, Old Church Slavonic tuku, Russian tuku "fat of animals;" Lithuanian tukti "to become fat;" Greek tylos "callus, lump," tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb;" Old Irish ton "rump;" Latin tumere "to swell," tumulus "raised heap of earth," tumor "a swelling;" Middle Irish tomm "a small hill," Welsh tom "mound"). Thus thigh is literally "the thick or fat part of the leg."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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thighs in Medicine

thigh (thī)
The part of the leg between the hip and the knee. Also called femur.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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thunder thighs

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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