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fourchette

[foo r-shet] /fʊərˈʃɛt/
noun
1.
Anatomy. the fold of skin that forms the posterior margin of the vulva.
2.
Ornithology. furcula; wishbone.
3.
Zoology. the frog of an animal's foot.
4.
a strip of leather or fabric joining the front and back sections of a glove finger.
5.
Chiefly Bridge. a tenace.
Origin of fourchette
1745-1755
1745-55; < French, diminutive of fourche; see fork, -ette
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  • You still have in your hand what is vulgarly called the "fourchette," or alternate cards, to win the game with.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
  • We had wintered up on the fourchette, and the Assinaboines had raised our cache.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Notice that two of the fingers have only one fourchette, while the others have two fourchettes each.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
British Dictionary definitions for fourchette

fourchette

/fʊəˈʃɛt/
noun
1.
(anatomy) the bandlike fold of skin, about one inch from the anus, forming the posterior margin of the vulva
2.
a less common name for furcula, frog3
Word Origin
C18: from French: a little fork, from Old French forche , from Latin furcafork
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fourchette in Medicine

fourchette four·chette (fur-shět')
n.
See frenulum of pudendal lips.

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