Hoof Hoof (h[=oo]f), n.; pl. {Hoofs} (h[=oo]fs), very rarely {Hooves} (h[=oo]vz). [OE. hof, AS. h[=o]f; akin to D. hoef, G. huf, OHG. huof, Icel. h[=o]fr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. [,c]apha. [root]225.] 1. The horny substance or case that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, etc. [1913 Webster]

On burnished hooves his war horse trode. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. A hoofed animal; a beast. [1913 Webster]

Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind. --Ex. x. 26. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geom.) See {Ungula}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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