Meaning of hough in English:

hough

Pronunciation /hɒk/

noun

British
variant spelling of hock (sense 1)
  1. 1.1A joint of meat consisting of the part extending from the hock some way up the leg.
    ‘The starters were poor, though, a thinnish seafood broth with chunks of tinned tomato expiring at the bottom and a ham hough terrine that, while chunkily rustic, contained too much gristle for comfort.’
    • ‘Potted hough is a Scottish delicacy which remains highly popular.’
    • ‘This was proper ham hough, with a fabulous gamey taste and not at all salty.’

verb

[with object] archaic British
  • Disable (a person or animal) by cutting the hamstrings.

    ‘his cattle were houghed in the night’
    • ‘And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.’
    • ‘The four had been accused ‘of theft, inbringing of thieves, murder, mutilation, fireraising, [and] houghing of oxe.’’

Origin

Old English hōh ‘heel’, of Germanic origin; related to heel.