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trochanter (n.)

1610s as a part of the thigh-bone, from French trochanter (16c.), from Greek trokhanter (Galen), from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). From 1816 as the second joint of an insect leg.

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Definitions of trochanter from WordNet

trochanter (n.)
one of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached;
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