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[fawr-leg, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɛg, ˈfoʊr-/
one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
Origin of foreleg
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, foreleg is from the late Middle English word forlegge. See fore-, leg Unabridged
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  • The foreleg, to judge from its position, unquestionably was broken.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • The rope was drawn tight about his shoulders with one foreleg through the loop.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • You've a capital chance; let the brute have it, under the foreleg.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
  • Nice pony, but seems inclined to rest that foreleg, don't you know.

    Mr. Punch's Irish Humour Charles Keene, Various
  • He will drop from the tree with only one foreleg in fighting condition.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • I brought the cross hairs to bear just back of his foreleg and pulled.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • That is the one on the trap in which he will be caught by the foreleg.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • The bullet struck the sambhur in the foreleg; and the beast went off limping.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • His powerful jaws closed on the wolf's foreleg, close to the body.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • The mule, one foreleg trailing, scrambled along, squealing and snorting.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for foreleg


either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foreleg

late 15c., from fore- + leg (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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