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 for shank
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shank \Shank\, n. (Zool.)
     See Chank.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shank \Shank\, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca,
     sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G.
     schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan.
     & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. Skink, v.]
     1. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin;
        the shin bone; also, the whole leg.
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              His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
              For his shrunk shank.                 --Shak.
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     2. Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing,
        which connects the acting part with a handle or other
        part, by which it is held or moved. Specifically:
        (a) That part of a key which is between the bow and the
            part which enters the wards of the lock.
        (b) The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is
            between the ring and the arms. See Illustr. of
        (c) That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which
            it is secured to a handle.
        (d) A loop forming an eye to a button.
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     3. (Arch.) The space between two channels of the Doric
        triglyph. --Gwilt.
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     4. (Founding) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with
        long bars for handling it.
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     5. (Print.) The body of a type.
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     6. (Shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep
        connecting the broader front part with the heel.
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     7. (Zool.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged
        shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called
        also shanks.
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     8. pl. Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off
        the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
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     Shank painter (Naut.), a short rope or chain which holds
        the shank of an anchor against the side of a vessel when
        it is secured for a voyage.
     To ride shank's mare, to go on foot; to walk.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shank \Shank\, v. i.
     To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of
     disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually
     followed by off. --Darwin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  canon \can"on\ (k[a^]n"[u^]n), n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon
     rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7, F. chanoine,
     LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model,
     fr. Gr. kanw`n rule, rod, fr. ka`nh, ka`nnh, reed. See
     Cane, and cf. Canonical.]
     1. A law or rule.
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              Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
              His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.     --Shak.
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     2. (Eccl.) A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted
        by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a
        decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by
        ecclesiastical authority.
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              Various canons which were made in councils held in
              the second centry.                    --Hook.
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     3. The collection of books received as genuine Holy
        Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of
        moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible;
        also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical
        books, under Canonical, a.
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     4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious
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     5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the
        Roman Catholic Church.
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     6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a
        prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
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     7. (Mus.) A musical composition in which the voices begin one
        after another, at regular intervals, successively taking
        up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda
        (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew,
        thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the
        strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
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     8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name;
        -- so called from having been used for printing the canons
        of the church.
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     9. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called
        also ear and shank.
     Note: [See Illust. of Bell.] --Knight.
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     10. (Billiards) See Carom.
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     Apostolical canons. See under Apostolical.
     Augustinian canons, Black canons. See under
     Canon capitular, Canon residentiary, a resident member of
        a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the
     Canon law. See under Law.
     Canon of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), that part of the mass,
        following the Sanctus, which never changes.
     Honorary canon, a canon[6] who neither lived in a
        monastery, nor kept the canonical hours.
     Minor canon (Ch. of Eng.), one who has been admitted to a
        chapter, but has not yet received a prebend.
     Regular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who lived in a conventual
        community and followed the rule of St. Austin; a Black
     Secular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a
        monastery, but kept the hours.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the
           upper part of the leg
      2: the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
      3: cylinder forming a long narrow part of something [syn:
         shank, stem]
      4: cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and
         the head
      5: cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the
      6: the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide
         part of the sole [syn: shank, waist]
      7: lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock
         in hoofed mammals [syn: cannon, shank]
      8: a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the
      v 1: hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball
           to veer in the wrong direction

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "shank":
     Chateaubriand, ankle, ascender, back, bastard type, bayonet legs,
     beard, belly, bevel, black letter, blade roast, body, bowlegs,
     breast, brisket, calf, cap, capital, case, chuck, chuck roast,
     clod, cnemis, cold cuts, counter, descender, drumstick, em, en,
     face, fat-faced type, feet, filet mignon, flank, font, foreleg,
     gamb, gambrel, gigot, groove, ham, hind leg, hock, italic, jamb,
     knee, knuckle, leg, letter, ligature, limb, logotype, loin,
     lower case, majuscule, minuscule, nick, pale, palisade, peg, pi,
     pica, picket, pile, plate, plate piece, podite, point,
     popliteal space, pot roast, print, rack, rib roast, ribs, roast,
     rolled roast, roman, round, rump, rump roast, saddle, sans serif,
     scissor-legs, script, shin, short ribs, shoulder, shoulder clod,
     sirloin, small cap, small capital, spile, stake, stamp, stem,
     stems, stumps, tarsus, tenderloin, trotters, type, type body,
     type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders,
     typefoundry, upper case

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