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[foo r-shet]
  1. Anatomy. the fold of skin that forms the posterior margin of the vulva.
  2. Ornithology. furcula; wishbone.
  3. Zoology. the frog of an animal's foot.
  4. a strip of leather or fabric joining the front and back sections of a glove finger.
  5. Chiefly Bridge. a tenace.
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Origin of fourchette

1745–55; < French, diminutive of fourche; see fork, -ette
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Historical Examples of fourchette

  • We had wintered up on the Fourchette, and the Assinaboines had raised our cache.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

  • You still have in your hand what is vulgarly called the "fourchette," or alternate cards, to win the game with.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed

    Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin

  • Notice that two of the fingers have only one fourchette, while the others have two fourchettes each.

    Makers of Many Things

    Eva March Tappan

British Dictionary definitions for fourchette


  1. anatomy the bandlike fold of skin, about one inch from the anus, forming the posterior margin of the vulva
  2. a less common name for furcula, frog 3
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Word Origin for fourchette

C18: from French: a little fork, from Old French forche , from Latin furca fork
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

fourchette in Medicine


  1. frenulum of pudendal lips
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