[pawnch, pahnch] /pɔntʃ, pɑntʃ/

a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
the belly or abdomen.
the rumen.
the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
another name for rumen
(nautical) a thick mat that prevents chafing
verb (transitive)
to stab in the stomach; disembowel

late 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French pance (Old North French panche) “belly, stomach,” from Latin panticem (nominative pantex) “belly, bowels” (cf. Spanish panza, Italian pancia); possibly related to panus “swelling” (see panic (n.2)).

paunch (pônch, pänch)
The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.


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