1. [syn: pastern, fetter bone]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. of
Note: The upper bone, or phalanx, of the foot is called the
great pastern bone; the second, the small pastern
bone; and the third, in the hoof, the coffin bone.
Pastern joint, the joint in the hoof of the horse, and
allied animals, between the great and small pastern bones.
2. A shackle for horses while pasturing. --Knight.
3. A patten. [Obs.] --Dryden.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the part between the fetlock and the hoof [syn: pastern,