fourchette

[ foo r-shet ]
/ fʊərˈʃɛt /
|

noun

Anatomy. the fold of skin that forms the posterior margin of the vulva.
Ornithology. furcula; wishbone.
Zoology. the frog of an animal's foot.
a strip of leather or fabric joining the front and back sections of a glove finger.
Chiefly Bridge. a tenace.

Nearby words

  1. four-wheel drive,
  2. four-wheeler,
  3. four-wheeling,
  4. fourbagger,
  5. fourball,
  6. fourché,
  7. fourdrinier,
  8. fourflusher,
  9. fourfold,
  10. fourfold block

Origin of fourchette

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

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Examples from the Web for fourchette

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

    Makers of Many Things|Eva March Tappan
  • 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
  • We had wintered up on the Fourchette, and the Assinaboines had raised our cache.

    Then and Now|Robert Vaughn


British Dictionary definitions for fourchette

fourchette

/ (fʊəˈʃɛt) /

noun

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

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

Medicine definitions for fourchette

fourchette

[ fur-shĕt ]

n.

frenulum of pudendal lips

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