2 [stahy-fuhl]
(in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding anatomically to the human knee.
Also called stifle joint.

1275–1325; Middle English < ? Unabridged
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stifle1 (ˈstaɪfəl)
1.  (tr) to smother or suppress: stifle a cough
2.  to feel or cause to feel discomfort and difficulty in breathing
3.  to prevent or be prevented from breathing so as to cause death
4.  (tr) to crush or stamp out
[C14: variant of stuflen, probably from Old French estouffer to smother]

stifle2 (ˈstaɪfəl)
the joint in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc, between the femur and tibia
[C14: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of O.Fr. estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s.
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