fore·​leg | \ ˈfȯr-ˌleg How to pronounce foreleg (audio) , -ˌlāg\

Definition of foreleg

: a front leg

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To see a small thin dog arrowing through the air at highway speeds, resistant to gravity, its forelegs out, its hind legs trailing, its thin proud snout straining forward, is to experience a brief moment of déjà vu. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 His 1993 feature on the subject began with a painfully detailed description of a filly named So Sly, whose left foreleg snapped in half during a race at Pimlico. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "William Nack, prizewinning sportswriter and bard of Secretariat, dies at 77," 17 Apr. 2018 What to do with rabbit forelegs left over from making rabbit-liver terrine and rabbit confit? Brett Martin, GQ, "The 13 Dishes (and Other Things) I Can't Stop Thinking About," 24 Apr. 2018 At Thebes, in the tomb of the Valley of the Kings, He was depicted in a hieroglyph, his forelegs gently tethered By two slaves with a green monkey clinging to his neck like a child Just along for the ride. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 Holding the lead after nearly half a mile, Ruffian suddenly shattered both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg and had to be euthanized. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "LeRoy Jolley, Who Trained Two Derby Winners, Dies at 79," 2 Jan. 2018 Sircat Sally, who was a perfect 7-for-7 entering the race, suffered a fractured foreleg in the race and has been retired, owner Joe Turner told The Blood Horse., "Baffert: Arrogate 'looks great'; Pacific Classic next goal," 23 July 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foreleg

: a front leg of an animal


fore·​leg | \ ˈfȯr-ˌleg How to pronounce foreleg (audio) \

Kids Definition of foreleg

: a front leg of an animal


fore·​leg | \ ˈfō(ə)r-ˌleg, ˈfȯ(ə)r-, -ˌlāg How to pronounce foreleg (audio) \

Medical Definition of foreleg

: a front leg

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