crotch

crotch

[kroch]
noun
1.
a forking or place of forking, as of the human body between the legs.
2.
the part of a pair of trousers, panties, or the like, formed by the joining of the two legs.
3.
a piece of material serving to form a juncture between the legs of trousers, panties, etc.
4.
a forked piece, part, support, etc., as a staff with a forked top.
5.
Billiards.
a.
an area 4½ inches (11.4 cm) square at each corner of a billiard table.
b.
the situation in which both balls to be struck by the cue ball are within this area.
6.
Nautical, crutch ( def 6 ).
7.
the area of a tree at which a main branch joins the trunk.
8.
the wood from such an area; crotchwood.

Origin:
1530–40; variant of crutch

crotched [krotcht] , adjective
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crotch (krɒtʃ)
 
n
1.  Also called (Brit): crutch
 a.  the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
 b.  the human external genitals or the genital area
 c.  the corresponding part of a pair of trousers, pants, etc
2.  a forked region formed by the junction of two members
3.  a forked pole or stick
 
[C16: probably variant of crutch]
 
crotched
 
adj

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crotch
1530s, original meaning "pitchfork," from O.N.Fr. croche "shepherd's crook," var. of croc "hook" (see crochet); meaning "region where the body forks" is 1590s.
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crotch (krŏch)
n.
The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches, limbs, or legs.

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