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[fawr-leg, fohr-]
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  1. one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
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Origin of foreleg

First recorded in 1375–1425, foreleg is from the late Middle English word forlegge. See fore-, leg
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Related Words

shin, foreleg

Examples from the Web for foreleg

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for foreleg


  1. either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped
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Word Origin and History for foreleg


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

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