from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
- n. See rumen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The first stomach of a ruminant, the rumen.
- n. The abdomen or belly of a human or animal, especially a large, protruding one.
- n. A paunch mat.
- v. To remove the internal organs of a ruminant, such as a hare or rabbit prior to eating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The belly and its contents; the abdomen; also, the first stomach, or rumen, of ruminants. See rumen.
- n. A paunch mat; -- called also panch.
- n. The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper.
- n. A noticeably protruding belly; a potbelly.
- transitive v. To pierce or rip the belly of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.
- transitive v. To stuff with food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The belly; the abdomen.
- n. Specifically, in zoology, the rumen. See cut under ruminant.
- n. Nautical
- n. Same as paunce, 2.
- To pierce or rip the belly of; stick or stab in the belly; eviscerate.
- To fill the paunch of; stuff with food.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a protruding abdomen
Middle English paunche, from Old French panche, from Latin pantex.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French pance from pancier meaning breastplate as worn by the Black Rider(s) or Polish Pan Czerny of late medieval Poland. (Wiktionary)