[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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Examples from the Web for hindquarters

Historical Examples of hindquarters

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hindquarters


  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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