paunch
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pɔːntʃ/
  • (some accents) IPA: /pɑːntʃ/
Noun

paunch (plural paunches)

  1. The first compartment of the stomach of a ruminant, the rumen.
  2. The belly of a human, especially a large, fat protruding one.
  3. (nautical) A paunch mat.
  4. The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper.
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paunch (paunches, present participle paunching; past and past participle paunched)

  1. To remove the internal organs of a ruminant, prior to eating.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 2
      (Caliban)
      Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him
      I' th' afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain him,
      Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log
      Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
      Or cut his wezand with thy knife
Translations
  • Russian: потроши́ть



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