fetlock

noun fet·lock \ ˈfet-ˌläk \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of fetlock

1 a :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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Origin and Etymology of fetlock

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


FETLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

fetlock

noun

Definition of fetlock for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

fetlock

noun fet·lock \ ˈfet-ˌläk \

medical Definition of fetlock

1 a :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

Illustration of fetlock



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