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coffin bone

the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof.
Origin of coffin bone
1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The terminal phalanx, or coffin-bone, has a shallow median bone in front, as in many species of this group in the later tertiary.

  • Yes, the one toe of a horse has all the three joints like ours.126 The coffin-bone is the last joint, and the hoof is the nail.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for coffin-bone

coffin bone

the terminal phalangeal bone inside the hoof of the horse and similar animals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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