REH Word of the Week: huckle

noun

1a. the hip or haunch

[origin: archaic; diminutive of Middle English huck hip, haunch; perhaps related to Old Norse huka to squat]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

—And a dozen death-blots blotched him
On jowl and shank and huckle,
And he knocked on his skull with his knuckle
And laughed—if you’d call it laughter—
At the billion facets of dying
In his outstart eye-balls shining.—

[from “The Skull of Silence”; to read the complete poem, see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 201]