crupper

crupper

[kruhp-er, kroop-]
noun
1.
a leather strap fastened to the saddle of a harness and looping under the tail of a horse to prevent the harness from slipping forward. See illus. under harness.
2.
the rump or buttocks of a horse.
3.
armor for the rump of a horse.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cro(u)per, variant of cruper < Anglo-French. See croup2, -er2

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crupper (ˈkrʌpə)
 
n
1.  a strap from the back of a saddle that passes under the horse's tail to prevent the saddle from slipping forwards
2.  the part of the horse's rump behind the saddle
 
[C13: from Old French crupiere, from crupecroup²]

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