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forefoot

[fawr-foo t, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfʊt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, plural forefeet.
1.
Zoology. one of the front feet of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
2.
Nautical.
  1. the point at which the stem of a hull joins the keel; the forward end of a keel.
  2. a curved member at this point in a wooden hull.
Origin of forefoot
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, forefoot is from the Middle English word forfot, forefote. See fore-, foot
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  • There was no mistaking it—that round shoe on the off forefoot.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • His mount raised its head and beat a forefoot against the ground.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Short seas slapped and gurgled at the forefoot with a pleasant sound.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Yes, her forefoot is sprung just where it joins the keel; she came down just on the joint.

  • We take up a forefoot and strike his shoe two or three times with a stone.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The pony looked at it, then scratched four times with his forefoot on the platform.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The horse gave us a gleam of his neck as he pawed a forefoot, just reined in.

  • She tried the bottom with her forefoot, then waded carefully into the deep stream.

    Indian Child Life Charles A. Eastman
  • But there was a winding, sinuous wake, and there was froth under her forefoot.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Another twenty strokes and our craft's forefoot grounded on the beach.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for forefoot

forefoot

/ˈfɔːˌfʊt/
noun (pl) -feet
1.
either of the front feet of a quadruped
2.
(nautical) the forward end of the keel
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