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paunch

[ pawnch, pahnch ]
/ pɔntʃ, pɑntʃ /
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noun
a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
the belly or abdomen.
the rumen.
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Origin of paunch

1325–75; Middle English paunche<Anglo-French, for Middle French pance<Latin panticēs (plural) bowels

OTHER WORDS FROM paunch

paunched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paunch

paunch
/ (pɔːntʃ) /

noun
the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
another name for rumen
nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing
verb (tr)
to stab in the stomach; disembowel

Word Origin for paunch

C14: from Anglo-Norman paunche, from Old French pance, from Latin panticēs (pl) bowels
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

Medical definitions for paunch

paunch
[ pônch, pänch ]

n.
The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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