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

Definition of foreleg

: a front leg

Examples of foreleg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per a chart cited by Ruppert, finds include a chunk of the horse’s saddle, a foreleg fragment and a piece of the king’s cloak. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "You Could Own an Amputated Arm From the George III Statue Toppled at Bowling Green," 1 Nov. 2019 Some stuck the landing by first planting their forelegs on the surface, then swinging their bodies into place, similar to a back flip (see video, above). Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, "New video reveals how flies land upside-down," 23 Oct. 2019 The animal was favoring its left hind leg and suffered abrasions to its forelegs. Los Angeles Times, "Pony trotting along 91 Freeway rescued after SUV clips it; CHP looking for hit-and-run driver," 30 Sep. 2019 In Soergel’s model, the creature would have had strong hind legs and short forelegs, both of which were held much more upright than in living reptiles. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of foreleg

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreleg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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