[ fet-lok ]
/ ˈfɛtˌlɒk /


the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair.
the tuft of hair itself.
Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point.

Origin of fetlock

1275–1325; Middle English fitlok, akin to Middle High German viz(ze)loch, ultimately derivative of Germanic *fet-, a gradational variant of *fot- foot
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/ (ˈfɛtˌlɒk) /


a projection behind and above a horse's hoof: the part of the leg between the cannon bone and the pastern
Also called: fetlock joint the joint at this part of the leg
the tuft of hair growing from this part

Word Origin for fetlock

C14 fetlak; related to Middle High German vizzeloch fetlock, from vizzel pastern + -och; see foot
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