Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches or legs.
  • n. The area on a pair of pants, underpants, or shorts where the two leg panels are sewn together.
  • n. A piece of material sewn into a pair of pants, underpants, or shorts that joins the legs.
  • n. The fork of a pole or other support.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area where something forks or branches, a ramification takes place.
  • n. The (ventral) area of a person’s body where the legs fork from the trunk
  • n. Either the male or female genitalia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides.
  • n. A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also crane and crutch.
  • n. In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table. See Crotched, below.
  • transitive v. To provide with a crotch; to give the form of a crotch to.
  • transitive v. To notch (a log) on opposite sides to provide a grip for the dogs in hauling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In logging, to cut notches on opposite sides of (a log) near the end, into which dogs are fastened.
  • n. A fork or forking; a point or line of divergence or parting, as of two legs or branches: as, the crotch of a tree (the point of separation of the main stem into two parts); a piece of timber with a crotch.
  • n. A shepherd's crook.
  • n. Nautical, same as crutch, 3 .
  • n. In billiards, a space, generally 4½ inches square, at a corner of the table.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
  • n. external sex organ
  • n. the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Possibly alteration of crutch and partly from Middle English croche, crook, crosier (from Old French croche, hook, shepherd's crook, feminine of croc, hook; see crochet).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French croche ("shepherd's crook")

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