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[hahynd] /haɪnd/
noun, plural hinds (especially collectively) hind.
1.
Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
2.
any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde)

hind3

[hahynd] /haɪnd/
noun
1.
a peasant or rustic.
2.
Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.
Origin
before 1000; alteration of Middle English hine (plural) servants, Old English (Anglian) hīne, (g)na, genitive of hīgan (West Saxon hīwan) members of a household, domestics; see hide3
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British Dictionary definitions for hinds

hind1

/haɪnd/
adjective hinder, hindmost, hindermost
1.
(prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or rear: a hind leg
Word Origin
Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder²

hind2

/haɪnd/
noun (pl) hinds, hind
1.
the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
2.
any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers
Word Origin
Old English hind; related to Old High German hinta, Greek kemas young deer, Lithuanian szmúlas hornless

hind3

/haɪnd/
noun (formerly)
1.
a simple peasant
2.
(in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
3.
a steward
Word Origin
Old English hīne, from hīgna, genitive plural of hīgan servants
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Word Origin and History for hinds

hind

adj.

c.1300, "rear, back," perhaps a back-formation from Old English behindan "back, behind," used as adverb and preposition, or from or influenced by Old English hindan (adv.) "from behind," from Proto-Germanic *hind- "behind" (cognate with Gothic hindan (prep.) "on that side of, beyond, behind;" German hinten "behind"), of unknown origin. Possibly influenced by Middle English hiner (adv.) "back, rear."

n.

"female deer," Old English hind, from Proto-Germanic *hinthjo- (cf. Old Norse hind, Dutch hinde, Old High German hinta, German Hinde "hind") perhaps from PIE *kemti-, from root *kem- "hornless" (cf. Greek kemas, Lithuanian smulas "young deer, gazelle").

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hinds in the Bible

Heb. 'ayalah (2 Sam. 22:34; Ps. 18:33, etc.) and 'ayeleth (Ps. 22, title), the female of the hart or stag. It is referred to as an emblem of activity (Gen. 49:21), gentleness (Prov. 5:19), feminine modesty (Cant. 2:7; 3:5), earnest longing (Ps. 42:1), timidity (Ps. 29:9). In the title of Ps. 22, the word probably refers to some tune bearing that name.

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Encyclopedia Article for hinds

hind

any of certain species of fishes in the sea bass family, Serranidae (order Perciformes). All species referred to as hinds are in the genus Epinephelus, which also includes many groupers. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico along the North American coast, with the exception of the red hind (E. guttatus), which ranges from the Carolinas to Brazil. The rock hind (E. adscensionis), ranging from New England to the West Indies, may reach 61 cm (24 inches); the speckled hind (E. drummondhayi) of the coastal region of the southeastern United States is somewhat smaller, reaching a length of 46 cm (19 inches)

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