coffin bone


noun
  1. the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof.

Origin of coffin bone

1
First recorded in 1710–20

Words Nearby coffin bone

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How to use coffin bone in a sentence

  • The terminal phalanx, or coffin-bone, has a shallow median bone in front, as in many species of this group in the later tertiary.

  • Yes, the one toe of a horse has all the three joints like ours.126 The coffin-bone is the last joint, and the hoof is the nail.

    Evolution | Joseph Le Conte
  • The coronet is a short, cube-shaped bone, set between the large pastern and coffin bone, in the same oblique direction.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse | United States Department of Agriculture
  • The navicular bone is short, flattened above and below, and is attached to the coffin bone behind.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse | United States Department of Agriculture
  • The sensitive laminæ are thin plates of soft tissue covering the entire anterior surface of the coffin bone.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse | United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for coffin bone

coffin bone

noun
  1. the terminal phalangeal bone inside the hoof of the horse and similar animals

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