small pastern bone
Pastern 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 {Horse}. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

{Pastern joint}, the joint in the hoof of the horse, and allied animals, between the great and small pastern bones. [1913 Webster]

2. A shackle for horses while pasturing. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

3. A patten. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • small pastern bone — noun : the second phalanx of the functional digit of the foot of an equine * * * small pastern bone, the lower of two pastern bones between the fetlock and the hoof as of a horse, donkey, or mule …   Useful english dictionary

  • small pastern bone. — See under pastern (def. 2). * * * …   Universalium

  • small pastern bone. — See under pastern (def. 2) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pastern bone — n either of two bones in the foot of an equine between the cannon bone and the coffin bone * * * either of two bones of the horse s foot just proximal to the hoof: the large pastern bone is the first phalanx and the small pastern bone (called… …   Medical dictionary

  • great pastern bone — Pastern 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pastern — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pastern joint — Pastern 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pastern — The pastern is a part of the horse between the fetlock joint and the hoof, or between the wrist and forepaw of a dog. It is the equivalent to the two largest bones found in the human finger. It was famously mis defined by Dr Johnson in his… …   Wikipedia

  • pastern — /pas teuhrn/, n. 1. the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof. See diag. under horse. 2. either of the two bones of this part, the upper or first phalanx (great pastern bone) and the lower or second phalanx… …   Universalium

  • pastern — /ˈpæstɜn/ (say pastern), / tn/ (say tn) noun 1. that part of the foot of a horse, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof. 2. either of two bones of this part, the upper or first phalanx (great pastern bone) and the lower or second phalanx (small… …   Australian English dictionary

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