the part of the foot of a horse, sheep, etc. just above the hoof or toes
Origin of pasternMiddle English pastron ; from Middle French pasturon ; from pasture, tether for cattle ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pastoria, foot shackle, tether ; from Classical Latin pastorius, pastoral ; from pastor: see pastor
- The part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof.
- An analogous part of the leg of a dog or other quadruped.
Origin of pasternAlteration of Middle English pastron, hobble, pastern, from Old French pasturon, diminutive of pasture, pasture, tether, alteration of *pastoire, from Latin past&omacron;ria, feminine sing. of past&omacron;rius, of herdsmen, from pastor, shepherd; see pastor.
- The area on a horse's leg between the fetlock joint and the hoof.
From Old French pasturon (French pÃ¢turon), from pasture "˜shackle' (from Latin pastoria "˜shackle for pastured animal's foot') + diminutive suffix.