coffin bone

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noun

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

Origin of coffin bone

First recorded in 1710–20
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Examples from the Web for coffin bone

Historical Examples of coffin bone

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for coffin bone

coffin bone

noun

the terminal phalangeal bone inside the hoof of the horse and similar animals
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