fetlock

noun
fet·​lock | \ˈfet-ˌläk \

Definition of fetlock 

1a : a projection bearing a tuft of hair on the back of the leg above the hoof of a horse or similar animal — see horse illustration

b : the tuft of hair itself

2 : the joint of the limb at the fetlock

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Deputy sports a Relentless breast collar, bridle, saddle pad, and fetlock and hoof wraps. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 His fetlocks puffed from galloping, his tail curled upward From the joy of feeling fleet across the tinted grasslands And the gold savannahs there. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 Pre-race favorite Ulysses was scratched Saturday morning due to a swollen fetlock. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Gun Runner blazes to Breeders’ Cup Classic victory," 4 Nov. 2017 The arthritis affected Goody worst in her front left fetlock, a giraffe equivalent of an ankle. Carolyn Wilke, sacbee, "A 14-foot-tall arthritis patient receives treatment at the Sacramento Zoo," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fetlock

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fetlock

Middle English fitlok, fetlak; akin to Old English fōt foot

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fetlock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fetlock

: a part at the back of a horse's leg above the hoof

fetlock

noun
fet·​lock | \ˈfet-ˌläk \

Medical Definition of fetlock 

1a : a projection bearing a tuft of hair on the back of the leg above the hoof of a horse or similar animal

b : the tuft of hair itself

2 : the joint of the limb at the fetlock

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