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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 516 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HIP. (1) (From O. Eng. hype, a word common in various forms to many Teutonic languages; cf. Dutch heup, and Ger. Hufte), the projecting part of the body formed by the top of the thigh-bone and the side of the pelvis, in quadrupeds generally known as the haunch (see JOINTS). (2) (O. Eng. heope, from same root as M.H. Ger. hiefe, a thorn-bush), the fruit of the dog-rose (Rosa canina); " hips " are usually joined with " haws," the fruit of the hawthorn. HIP-KNOB, in architecture, the finial on the hip of a roof, between the barge-boards of a gable.
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