[ hahynd-kwawr-ter, -kwaw- ]
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  1. the posterior end of a halved carcass of beef, lamb, etc., sectioned usually between the twelfth and thirteenth ribs.

  2. hindquarters, the rear part of an animal.

Origin of hindquarter

First recorded in 1880–85; hind1 + quarter

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How to use hindquarter in a sentence

  • We soon found it too heavy to carry that way, so skinned it and hung up the foreparts and took the skin and hindquarters.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper | Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • He stooped to examine the dead wolf, catching it by the tail and hoisting its hindquarters off the ground.

    The Time Traders | Andre Norton
  • At this great oath the horse stood up on his fore-feet, and sat like a dog on his hindquarters.

    The Yellow Rose | Mr Jkai
  • He strained on the traces, exposing to them only his hindquarters, running well ahead, and keeping his throat safe.

    Murder Point | Coningsby Dawson
  • But to-day he caught the edge of it, and he knew why Gray Wolf's ears flattened, and her hindquarters drooped.

    Kazan | James Oliver Curwood

British Dictionary definitions for hindquarter


/ (ˈhaɪndˌkwɔːtə) /

  1. one of the two back quarters of a carcass of beef, lamb, etc

  2. (plural) the rear, esp of a four-legged animal

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