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1. (Zoology) the top of the front leg of an animal
2. (Cookery) a cut of meat from this part



n., v. shinned, shin•ning. n.
1. the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
2. the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
3. the shinbone or tibia, esp. its sharp edge or front portion.
v.t., v.i.
4. to climb (a pole or the like) by holding fast with the legs after drawing oneself up with the hands.
[before 1000; Middle English shine, Old English scinu, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schēne, Old High German scina shin, needle]


(ʃin, ʃɪn)

the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1895–1900; < Hebrew shīn, akin to shēn tooth]
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Noun1.foreshank - a cut of meat from the upper part of a front leg
shank - a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
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Dinner items include Milk and Corn Fed Chicken With Caramelized Garlic and Asparagus; Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Ginger-Lemon Oil; Veal Foreshank Osso- Buco with Mushroom Polenta; and Broiled Sea Bass with Spring Vegetables and Egglplant Tapenade.
Ward's easy method of "peeling off" the lamb foreshanks and quick way of leg-boning are so fast and simple that flockmasters and deer hunters will find the DVDs worth it just for that.
6 1-inch slices suckling veal osso buco, foreshanks