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Pastern   Listen
noun
Pastern  n.  
1.
The part of the foot of the horse, and allied animals, between the fetlock and the coffin joint. Note: The upper bone, or phalanx, of the foot is called the great pastern bone; the second, the small pastern bone; and the third, in the hoof, the coffin bone.
Pastern joint, the joint in the hoof of the horse, and allied animals, between the great and small pastern bones.
2.
A shackle for horses while pasturing.
3.
A patten. (Obs.)






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"Pastern" Quotes from Famous Books



... the knee of a horse is its wrist. The 'cannon bone' answers to the middle bone of the five metacarpal bones which support the palm of the hand in ourselves. The pastern, coronary, and coffin bones of veterinarians answer to the joints of our middle fingers, while the hoof is simply a greatly enlarged and thickened nail. But if what lies below the horse's 'knee' thus corresponds to the middle finger in ourselves, what has become of ...
— Darwinism (1889) • Alfred Russel Wallace



Words linked to "Pastern" :   fetter bone, horse's foot, coronet, bone, os



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