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Definition of "shank" [shank]

  • The part of the human leg between the knee and ankle. (noun)
  • A corresponding part in other vertebrates. (noun)
  • The whole leg of a human. (noun)
  • A leg or leglike part. (noun)
  • A cut of meat from the leg of a steer, calf, sheep, or lamb. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shank" in a sentence
  • "A shank is an added piece that is useful in some garments, but uncomfortable in others."
  • "Prep time is nothing, I use the lower calf muscles and shank from the deer."
  • "The front part of the chest, above the fore shank, is generally used for res para guisar (stewing beef)."