1. The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two legs or branches.
a. The area on a pair of pants, underpants, or shorts that is between the legs.
b. The piece of material used to construct this area of an item of clothing.
3. The fork of a pole or other support.
[Possibly alteration of CRUTCH and partly from Middle English croche, crook, crosier (from Old French croche, hook, shepherd's crook, feminine of croc, hook; see CROCHET).]
crotched (krŏcht) adj.
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