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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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British Dictionary definitions for fetlock-joint

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-joint

fetlock

n.

early 14c., fetlak, from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch vetlock, Middle High German fizlach, German Fiszloch), perhaps related to the root of German fessel "pastern."

The Middle English diminutive suffix -ok (from Old English -oc) was misread and the word taken in folk etymology as being a compound of feet and lock (of hair).

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