|1.||a piece of iron shaped like a U with the ends curving inwards that is nailed to the underside of the hoof of a horse to protect the soft part of the foot from hard surfaces: commonly thought to be a token of good luck|
|2.||an object of similar shape|
|—vb , -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed|
|3.||(tr) to fit with a horseshoe; shoe|
U-shaped metal plate by which horses' hooves are protected from wear on hard or rough surfaces. Horseshoes apparently are a Roman invention; a mule's loss of its shoe is mentioned by the Roman poet Catullus in the 1st century BC.
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