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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ My brain feels like a loose stone in a dried leather pouch.
▪ A small leather pouch on a string.
▪ He pulled out his tobacco pouch and pulled the drawstrings open.
▪ He fetched a tobacco pouch out of his pocket and a packet of cigarette papers.
▪ He fumbled in his jacket pocket and came out with a tobacco pouch and a pipe and offered the pouch to Wycliffe.
▪ He indicated the tobacco pouch on the table with a finger.
▪ a concealed pouch for your passport
▪ One patient with pelvic sepsis developed a pouch-vaginal fistula and ileoanal stenosis culminating in pouch excision.
▪ Three or four days before mating, the male develops a pouch on his belly.
▪ Two pouches failed because of ischaemia but the clinical results in the remaining seven patients are indistinguishable from younger patients in the series.
▪ With only two cartridges in their pouches and the last meal a memory of days, they had to.
▪ Within five seconds, the female squirts several thousand eggs into his pouch and the two separate.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pouch \Pouch\, n. [F. poche a pocket, pouch, bag; probably of Teutonic origin. See Poke a bag, and cf. Poach to cook eggs, to plunder.]

  1. A small bag; usually, a leathern bag; as, a pouch for money; a shot pouch; a mail pouch, etc.

  2. That which is shaped like, or used as, a pouch; as:

    1. A protuberant belly; a paunch; -- so called in ridicule.

    2. (Zo["o]l.) A sac or bag for carrying food or young; as, the cheek pouches of certain rodents, and the pouch of marsupials.

    3. (Med.) A cyst or sac containing fluid.
      --S. Sharp.

    4. (Bot.) A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse.

    5. A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain, etc., from shifting.

      Pouch mouth, a mouth with blubbered or swollen lips.


Pouch \Pouch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pouched; p. pr. & vb. n. Pouching.]

  1. To put or take into a pouch.

  2. To swallow; -- said of fowls.

  3. To pout. [Obs.]

  4. To pocket; to put up with. [R.]
    --Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "bag for carrying things," especially (late 14c.) "small bag in which money is carried," from Anglo-French puche, Old North French pouche (13c.), Old French poche "purse, poke," all from a Germanic source (compare Old English pocca "bag;" see poke (n.1)). Extended to cavities in animal bodies from c.1400.


n. 1 A small bag usually closed with a drawstring. 2 A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young. 3 Any pocket or bag-shaped object, such as a cheek pouch. 4 (context slang dated derogatory English) A protuberant belly; a paunch. 5 A cyst or sac containing fluid. 6 (context botany English) A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse. 7 A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain etc. from shifting. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To enclose within a pouch. 2 (context transitive English) To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch. 3 (context of fowls and fish English) To swallow. 4 (context obsolete English) To pout. 5 (context obsolete English) To pocket; to put up with.

  1. v. put into a small bag

  2. send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels

  3. swell or protrude outwards; "His eyes bulged with surprise" [syn: bulge, protrude]

  1. n. a small or medium size bag-like container for holding or carrying things

  2. an enclosed space; "the trapped miners found a pocket of air" [syn: sac, sack, pocket]

  3. (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican) [syn: pocket]

Pouch (marsupial)

The pouch is a distinguishing feature of female marsupials (and rarely in the males as in the water opossum and the extinct thylacine); the name marsupial is derived from the Latin marsupium, meaning "pouch". Marsupials give birth to a live but relatively undeveloped fetus called a joey. When the joey is born it crawls from inside the mother to the pouch. The pouch is a fold of skin with a single opening that covers the nipples. Inside the pouch, the blind offspring attaches itself to one of the mother’s nipples and remains attached for as long as it takes to grow and develop to a juvenile stage.


Pouch may refer to:

  • A small bag such as a Packet (container), teabag, money bag, sporran, etc.
  • Brood pouch, especially pouch (marsupial), an anatomical feature in which young are carried
  • Cadaver pouch, a body bag
  • Diplomatic pouch
  • Electric heating pouch, medical apparatus, electric heating device for curative treatment
  • Indiana pouch, a surgically created urinary diversion used to create a way for the body to store and eliminate urine for patients who have had their urinary bladders removed
  • Ileo-anal pouch, a surgically created intestinal reservoir.
  • Ostomy pouching system (colostomy bag), medical prosthetic that provides a means for the collection of waste from a diverted biological system
  • Pouch laminator, lamination system that utilizes pouches
  • Retort pouch, food and drink pouch
  • Buffalo pouch, a small pouch worn on the wrist, carried from a strap around the neck, or from the waist like a fanny pack
  • (U+1F45D) unicode symbol "POUCH", see Emoji

Usage examples of "pouch".

The one who climbed aboard had another oilskin pouch in his hand, which he handed to the Frenchman.

Turning out his own pouch, Alec added two copper halfs and the Skalan silver piece.

Reaching over these tokens, Alec found a velvet pouch containing a thick golden ring and a small ivory carving of a nude man.

Ayla handed him the unusual pouch, noticing the arthritic bumps in his long, thin, old hands.

The commonly associated defects are: More or less completely septate bladder, atresia ani, or more rarely double anus, double urethra, increased breadth of the bony pelvis with defect of the symphysis pubis, and possibly duplication of the lower end of the spine, and hernia of some of the abdominal contents into a perineal pouch.

While Abbot Henry silently fetched a brace of candlesticks from the nearest aumbry and invested them with fresh beeswax candles, Arnault and Ninian moved to the rear of the chapel, where Ninian proceeded to lay out several small items from a deerskin pouch at his girdle.

She woke up even more when the bondling handed the cord to the man who had bought her in exchange for the heavy pouch he tossed carelessly at the young man.

It is the shrunken and shriveled remains of a large pouch of the intestine which once opened into the cecum, and was used originally as a sort of second stomach for delaying and digesting the remains of the food.

One end of this worm is attached to the cecum, which is the pouch that forms the beginning of the large intestine.

Avelyn reached into a smaller pouch and took out a handful of small prismatic celestite crystals, pale blue in color, and began calling forth their enchantment.

Jacob describes a pouch of skin resembling a tail which hung from the tip of the coccyx to the length of six inches.

Then Coom took a small wood wand from her pouch and drew a circle in the dirt around the clearing.

Then I rose and folded the blanket, replacing it in its cowhide pouch.

It is a Cruciferous plant, made familiar by the diminutive pouches, or flattened pods at the end of its branching stems.

She groped at the bundle, found a faded leather pouch that actually crumbled to dust in her hands, leaving nothing in her cupped fingers except, strangely, a nail marked by rusting stains.