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Fourchette

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fourchette (Anat) A small fold of membrane, connecting the labia in the posterior part of the vulva.
    • Fourchette A table fork.
    • Fourchette (Surg) An instrument used to raise and support the tongue during the cutting of the frænum.
    • Fourchette (Card Playing) The combination of the card immediately above and the one immediately below a given card.
    • Fourchette (Glove Making) The forked piece between two adjacent fingers, to which the front and back portions are sewed.
    • Fourchette (Anat) The frog of the hoof of the horse and allied animals.
    • Fourchette (Anat) The wishbone or furculum of birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fourchette In surgery, an instrument used to raise and support the tongue during the operation of dividing the frenum.
    • n fourchette In glove-making, the side of a finger, to which the front and back portions are sewed. Also forgette.
    • n fourchette In ornithology, the furcula or united clavicles of a bird; the merrythought or wishbone of a fowl.
    • n fourchette In anatomy, the frenulum pudendi; the small thin fold just within the posterior commissure of the vulva, separated therefrom by the fossa navicularis, and commonly ruptured in first parturition.
    • n fourchette The combination in one hand of the cards immediately above and below the one led, such as queen and 10 over a jack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fourchette fōōr-shet′ a small forked instrument used for supporting the tongue in the operation of cutting the frenum: a forked piece between glove fingers, uniting the front and back parts.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of fourche,. See Fork
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

When he came to Strictland, and asked his name, the reply was, "Jean Fourchette," in a bold tone.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Similar dies are used in the cutting of the thumb pieces and fourchettes or strips forming the sides of the fingers.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 794, March 21, 1891" by Various
It was late in the morning, later than the usual hour for the dejeuner a la fourchette, which Mr. Copley liked.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Notice that two of the fingers have only one fourchette, while the others have two fourchettes each.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
Cleopatra awaits him at 'la Fourchette d'or'; all our Cleopatras await us there.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
At twelve o'clock preparations were made for a dejeuner a la fourchette, dispensing, however, with knives and forks.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
In birds whose power of flight is strong, the two limbs of this bone are widely separated and thick, and the fourchette is U-shaped.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
FOURCHETTE, a breakfast with meat.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
The men looked rather white, and certainly were not good "fourchettes" at that meal.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
Brake rod fork Fourchette de tige de frein.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas
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