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girth

noun uk   /ɡɜːθ/ us    /ɡɝːθ/

girth noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C or U] the distance around the outside of a thick or fat object, like a tree or a body: The oak was two metres in girth. humorous His ample girth was evidence of his love of good food.

girth noun (HORSE EQUIPMENT)

[C] the strap which goes around the middle of a horse to keep the saddle (= rider's seat) or the load in the right position: Loosen the girth a little.
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