Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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