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stringhalt

[string-hawlt] /ˈstrɪŋˌhɔlt/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
a nerve disorder in horses, causing exaggerated flexing movements of the hind legs in walking.
Also, springhalt.
Origin of stringhalt
1515-1525
1515-25; string + halt2
Related forms
stringhalted, stringhalty, adjective
stringhaltedness, noun
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  • He had stringhalt, I think, and Dr. Fred said he was getting less worth every day and after awhile would not be fit to travel.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I Velma Caldwell Melville
  • Foot-ball produces what may be called the endogenous or ingrowing toenail, stringhalt and mania.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
British Dictionary definitions for stringhalt

stringhalt

/ˈstrɪŋˌhɔːlt/
noun
1.
(vet science) a sudden spasmodic lifting of the hind leg of a horse, resulting from abnormal contraction of the flexor muscles of the hock Also called springhalt
Word Origin
C16: probably string + halt²
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