coffin 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]


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  • Coffin bone — Coffin Cof fin (?; 115), n. [OE., a basket, receptacle, OF. cofin, fr. L. cophinus. See {Coffer}, n.] 1. The case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial. [1913 Webster] They embalmed him [Joseph], and he was put in a coffin. Gen. 1. 26 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coffin bone — n. the foot bone inside the hoof of a horse …   English World dictionary

  • Coffin bone — A pedal bone The pedal bone, commonly known as the coffin bone (U.S.), is the bottommost bone in the equine leg and is encased by the hoof capsule. Also known as the distal phalange, third phalange, third phalanx, or P3 . Despite the protection… …   Wikipedia

  • coffin bone — cof·fin bone kȯ fən n the bone enclosed within the hoof of the horse called also pedal bone * * * the third or distal phalanx of the foot of a horse; called also pedal b. and os pedis …   Medical dictionary

  • coffin bone — noun Date: circa 1720 the principal bone enclosed within the hoof of a horse called also pedal bone …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coffin bone — noun the terminal bone in a horse s hoof (the distal phalanx) …   English new terms dictionary

  • coffin bone — cof′fin bone n. zool. the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof • Etymology: 1710–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • coffin bone — noun : the foot bone enclosed within the hoof of the horse and other equines …   Useful english dictionary

  • coffin bone — the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof. [1710 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • coffin bone — /ˈkɒfən boʊn/ (say kofuhn bohn) noun the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof …   Australian English dictionary

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