fetlock

noun
fet·​lock | \ ˈfet-ˌläk How to pronounce fetlock (audio) \

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

Examples of fetlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Omaha Beach was found Thursday to be suffering from light swelling in his right hind fetlock, Mandella said, and his team made the decision to pull him from the race. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Two horses, including favorite Omaha Beach, scratch from Saturday's Pegasus World Cup," 23 Jan. 2020 Training accident at Del Mar Bowl of Soul, a 3-year-old filly for Bob Baffert suffered a rare hind fetlock injury during training on Monday and was euthanized. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Del Mar revs up for third week," 31 July 2019 Bowl of Soul, a 3-year-old filly was euthanized after sustaining an injury to her hind fetlock, a joint similar to an ankle, while training on July 29, according to the California Horse Racing Board. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "4 horses have died in less than a month at Del Mar racetrack in California," 13 Aug. 2019 Del Mar had its third training fatality on Monday when Bowl of Soul, trained by Bob Baffert, broke down with an injury to her right hind fetlock, which is similar to an ankle. John Cherwa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar has third horse fatality, this one in training," 30 July 2019 Bowl Of Soul, a 3-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert, broke down Monday with an injury to her right hind fetlock, which is similar to an ankle. Los Angeles Times, "Third horse dies in training at Del Mar," 30 July 2019 The track recently invested $500,000 for a machine that can help diagnose fetlock (ankle) injuries without having to put a horse under anesthesia. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Horse deaths at Santa Anita may have implications for entire racing industry," 22 June 2019 Other bones fractured and destroyed the fetlock joint, an equine version of the human wrist. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 Eskenforadrink had sustained a fracture to her right front fetlock. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "Why So Many Horses Have Died at Santa Anita," 26 June 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetlock. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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fetlock

noun
How to pronounce fetlock (audio)

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 How to pronounce fetlock (audio) \

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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