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SHANK, noun

1. The whole joint from the knee to the ankle. In a horse, th epart of the fore leg between the knee and footlock.

2. The tibia or large bone of the leg; as crooked shanks.

3. The long part of an instrument; as the shank of a key.

The beam or shaft of an anchor.

4. A plant. [bryonia.]