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Usually, buttocks.

(in humans) either of the two fleshy protuberances forming the lower and back part of the trunk.
(in animals) the rump.

Sometimes, buttocks. Nautical. the aftermost portion of a hull above the water line and in front of the rudder, merging with the run below the water line.
Contemporary Examples

Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father Tim Teeman October 13, 2014
Do Cougar Couples Survive? Anneli Rufus September 28, 2011
I Want a Bigger Butt Stanley Crouch November 30, 2009
Florida Child Abuse Scandal: The Victim’s New Life Jacqui Goddard February 23, 2011
Texas Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Art Emily Shire September 19, 2014

Historical Examples

Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison

either of the two large fleshy masses of thick muscular tissue that form the human rump See also gluteus related adjectives gluteal natal
the analogous part in some mammals


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