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Meaning of PASTERN

Pronunciation:  'pasturn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the part between the fetlock and the hoof

PASTERN is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: fetter bone
 See Also: bone, coronet, horse's foot, horse's hoof, os



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pas"tern\, n. [Of. pasturon, F. p[^a]turon, fr. OF.
pasture a tether, for beasts while pasturing; prop., a
pasturing. See {Pasture}.]
1. The part of the foot of the horse, and allied animals,
   between the fetlock and the coffin joint. See Illust. of

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. --Knight.

3. A patten. [Obs.] --Dryden.