Pronunciation: (hônch, hänch), [key]
1. the hip.
2. the fleshy part of the body about the hip.
3. a hindquarter of an animal.
4. the leg and loin of an animal, used for food.
a. either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to the impost.
b. the part of a beam projecting below a floor or roof slab.
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