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cannon bone

noun, Zoology
the greatly developed middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of hoofed quadruped mammals, extending from the hock to the fetlock.
Origin of cannon bone
1825-35; cannon in obsolete sense “tube” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This bone (cannon-bone) between the knee and the fetlock should be short, straight, and strong.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • The tendons that run down behind the cannon-bone should not adhere closely just below the knee.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for cannon-bone

cannon bone

a bone in the legs of horses and other hoofed animals consisting of greatly elongated fused metatarsals or metacarpals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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