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pouch

[pouch] /paʊtʃ/
noun
1.
a bag, sack, or similar receptacle, especially one for small articles or quantities:
a tobacco pouch.
2.
a small moneybag.
3.
a bag for carrying mail.
4.
a bag or case of leather, used by soldiers to carry ammunition.
5.
something shaped like or resembling a bag or pocket.
6.
Chiefly Scot. a pocket in a garment.
7.
a baggy fold of flesh under the eye.
8.
Anatomy, Zoology. a baglike or pocketlike part; a sac or cyst, as the sac beneath the bill of pelicans, the saclike dilation of the cheeks of gophers, or the receptacle for the young of marsupials.
9.
Botany. a baglike cavity.
verb (used with object)
10.
to put into or enclose in a pouch, bag, or pocket; pocket.
11.
to arrange in the form of a pouch.
12.
(of a fish or bird) to swallow.
verb (used without object)
13.
to form a pouch or a cavity resembling a pouch.
Origin of pouch
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pouche < Anglo-French, variant of Old French poche; also poke, poque bag. See poke2
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  • She minutely inspected the men's pouches to ascertain that they had plenty of ammunition.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • Here the man who was to relieve him refused to take the pouches.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • In the pouches of the caribou coat was only pemmican; but my hand crushed against a softness in the inner waistcoat.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
  • Stepping back, her hands now reached for one of the pouches at her belt.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • In order to keep up the fire, the men groped about among the dead Russians, and exhausted the cartridges in the enemy's pouches.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • Their pouches shall be full of powder, their muskets new and bright.

    The Road to Frontenac Samuel Merwin
  • The Moscow beggars carry no pouches, and do not ask for alms.

    What To Do? Count Lyof N. Tolstoi
British Dictionary definitions for pouches

pouch

/paʊtʃ/
noun
1.
a small flexible baglike container: a tobacco pouch
2.
a saclike structure in any of various animals, such as the abdominal receptacle marsupium in marsupials or the cheek fold in rodents
3.
(anatomy) any sac, pocket, or pouchlike cavity or space in an organ or part
4.
another word for mailbag
5.
a Scot word for pocket
verb
6.
(transitive) to place in or as if in a pouch
7.
to arrange or become arranged in a pouchlike form
8.
(transitive) (of certain birds and fishes) to swallow
Derived Forms
pouchy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norman French pouche, from Old French poche bag; see poke²
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Word Origin and History for pouches

pouch

n.

early 14c., "bag for carrying things," especially (late 14c.) "small bag in which money is carried," from Anglo-French puche, Old North French pouche (13c.), Old French poche "purse, poke," all from a Germanic source (cf. Old English pocca "bag;" see poke (n.1)). Extended to cavities in animal bodies from c.1400.

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pouches in Medicine

pouch (pouch)
n.
A pocketlike space in the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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