from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof.
- n. A tuft of hair on such a projection.
- n. The joint marked by such a projection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A joint of the horse's leg below the knee or hock and above the hoof, also called the "ankle".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cushionlike projection, bearing a tuft of long hair, on the back side of the leg above the hoof of the horse and similar animals. Also, the joint of the limb at this point (between the great pastern bone and the metacarpus), or the tuft of hair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tuft of hair growing behind the pastern-joint of horses.
- n. The joint on which the hair grows: same as fetlock-joint.
- n. [Associated with foot or fetter and lock.] An instrument fixed on the leg of a horse when put to pasture, for the purpose of preventing him from running off. Also fetterlock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. projection behind and above a horse's hoof
- n. the joint between the cannon bone and the pastern
Middle English fitlok; see ped- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)