Paunch (?), n. [OF. panch, pance, F. panse, L. pantex, panticis.]

1. Anat.

The belly and its contents; the abdomen; also, the first stomach, or rumen, of ruminants. See Rumen.

2. Naut.

A paunch mat; -- called also panch.

3.

The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper.

Paunch mat Naut., a thick mat made of strands of rope, used to prevent the yard or rigging from chafing.

 

© Webster 1913.


Paunch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paunched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Paunching.]

1.

To pierce or rip the belly of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.

Shak.

2.

To stuff with food.

[Obs.]

Udall.

 

© Webster 1913.

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