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fetlock

[fet-lok] /ˈfɛtˌlɒk/
noun
1.
the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair.
2.
the tuft of hair itself.
3.
Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point.
Origin
1275-1325
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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Examples for fetlock
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fetlock

fetlock

/ˈfɛtˌlɒk/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14 fetlak; related to Middle High German vizzeloch fetlock, from vizzel pastern + -och; see foot
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Word Origin and History for fetlock
fetlock
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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