pouch

[pouch]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form a pouch or a cavity resembling a pouch.

Origin of pouch

1350–1400; Middle English pouche < Anglo-French, variant of Old French poche; also poke, poque bag. See poke2
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British Dictionary definitions for pouch

pouch

noun

a small flexible baglike containera tobacco pouch
a saclike structure in any of various animals, such as the abdominal receptacle marsupium in marsupials or the cheek fold in rodents
anatomy any sac, pocket, or pouchlike cavity or space in an organ or part
another word for mailbag
a Scot word for pocket

verb

(tr) to place in or as if in a pouch
to arrange or become arranged in a pouchlike form
(tr) (of certain birds and fishes) to swallow
Derived Formspouchy, adjective

Word Origin for pouch

C14: from Old Norman French pouche, from Old French poche bag; see poke ²
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Word Origin and History for pouch
n.

early 14c., "bag for carrying things," especially (late 14c.) "small bag in which money is carried," from Anglo-French puche, Old North French pouche (13c.), Old French poche "purse, poke," all from a Germanic source (cf. Old English pocca "bag;" see poke (n.1)). Extended to cavities in animal bodies from c.1400.

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Medicine definitions for pouch

pouch

[pouch]

n.

A pocketlike space in the body.
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