Fetlock of a clydesdale horse.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a tuft of hair on the back of the leg of a horse, donkey, etc., just above the hoof
- the joint or projection bearing this tuft
Origin: Middle English fitlok (understood inch(es) Middle English as compound of fet, feet plush lok, lock) ; from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German cognate of Middle High German vizzeloch ; from vissel, diminutive (; from base of Old High German fuoz, foot) plush -och, -ock
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- a. A projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof.b. A tuft of hair on such a projection.
- The joint marked by such a projection.
Origin: Middle English fitlok; see ped- in Indo-European roots.