[ thahy ]
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  1. the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.

  2. the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region.

  1. (in birds)

    • the true femoral region that is hidden by the skin or feathers of the body.

    • the segment below, containing the fibula and tibia.

  2. Entomology. the femur.

Origin of thigh

before 900; Middle English thi, thigh(e), the(h), Old English thīoh, thēoh; cognate with Dutch dij,Old High German dioh,Old Norse thjō

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British Dictionary definitions for thigh


/ (θaɪ) /

  1. the part of the leg between the hip and the knee in man

  2. the corresponding part in other vertebrates and insects

Origin of thigh

Old English thēh; related to Old Frisian thiāch, Old High German dioh thigh, Old Norse thjō buttock, Old Slavonic tyku fat

Other words from thigh

  • Related adjectives: crural, femoral

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