pastern
noun Etymology: Middle French pasturon, from pasture pastern, from Old French empasturer to hobble (a horse), from pasture tether, modification of Late Latin (chorda) pastoria, from Latin, feminine of pastorius of a herdsman, from pastor herdsman — more at pastor Date: circa 1530 1. a part of the foot of an equine extending from the fetlock to the top of the hoof — see horse illustration 2. a part of the leg of an animal other than an equine that corresponds to the pastern

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  • 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 — (n.) late 13c., shackle fixed on the foot of a horse or other beast, from O.Fr. pasturon, dim. of pasture shackle for a horse in pasture, from V.L. *pastoria, noun use of fem. of L. pastorius of herdsmen, from pastor shepherd (see PASTOR (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pastern — [pas′tərn] n. [ME pastron < MFr pasturon < pasture, tether for cattle < VL * pastoria, foot shackle, tether < L pastorius, pastoral < pastor: see PASTOR] the part of the foot of a horse, sheep, etc. just above the hoof or toes: see …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • Pastern — Pasterzyce Hilfe zu Wappen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pastern — pas·tern pas tərn n 1) a part of the foot of an equine extending from the fetlock to the top of the hoof 2) a part of the leg of an animal other than an equine that corresponds to the pastern * * * pas·tern (pasґtərn) the portion of a horse… …   Medical dictionary

  • pastern — pas•tern [[t]ˈpæs tərn[/t]] n. zool. the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof • Etymology: 1300–50; ME pastron shackle, prob. < MF pasturon, pastern < VL *pastōria herding (see pastor, ia) + MF on n.… …   From formal English to slang

  • pastern — noun /ˈpæstən,ˈpæstɜːn,ˈpæstəɻn/ The area on a horses leg between the fetlock joint and the hoof …   Wiktionary

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