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 pāstōria feminine sing. of pāstōrius of herdsmen from pāstor 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.