Origin of fetlock
Examples from the Web for fetlock
Sedgett, as I passed, made a sweep at my horse's knees, and took them a little over the fetlock.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
For example, there is the well-known "stocking," or swelling of the legs about the fetlock joints, in influenza.
Canon: the shank bone above the fetlock in the fore and hind legs of a horse.Agriculture for Beginners|Charles William Burkett
At the fetlock it is placed immediately above the digital artery, but afterwards takes up a position directly behind that vessel.Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks
A point a little above the fetlock is usually the seat of the injury.
Word Origin for fetlock
early 14c., fetlak, from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch vetlock, Middle High German fizlach, German Fiszloch), perhaps related to the root of German fessel "pastern."
The Middle English diminutive suffix -ok (from Old English -oc) was misread and the word taken in folk etymology as being a compound of feet and lock (of hair).