[fawr-leg, fohr-]
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Origin of foreleg

First recorded in 1375–1425, foreleg is from the late Middle English word forlegge. See fore-, leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for foreleg

shin, foreleg

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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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