the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair. See diag. under horse.
the tuft of hair itself.
Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point.

1275–1325; Middle English fitlok, akin to Middle High German viz(ze)loch, ultimately derivative of Germanic *fet-, a gradational variant of *fot- foot

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fetlock or fetterlock (ˈfɛtˌlɒk)
1.  a projection behind and above a horse's hoof: the part of the leg between the cannon bone and the pastern
2.  Also called: fetlock joint the joint at this part of the leg
3.  the tuft of hair growing from this part
[C14 fetlak; related to Middle High German vizzeloch fetlock, from vizzel pastern + -och; see foot]
fetterlock or fetterlock
[C14 fetlak; related to Middle High German vizzeloch fetlock, from vizzel pastern + -och; see foot]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., fetlak, from a Gmc. source (cf. M.H.G. fizlach, Ger. Fiszloch), perhaps related to the root of Ger. fessel "pastern." The M.E. dim. suffix -ok (from O.E. -oc) was misread and the word taken in folk etymology as being a compound of feet and lock (of hair).
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Example sentences
The folks who wouldn't otherwise know a fetlock from a forelock.
One step beyond the road edge and the adventurer sinks as deep as the fetlock.
Fetlock-part of horse's leg where a tuft of hair grows behind the pastern joint.
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