- the part of the hind leg of a horse, or other hoofed mammal, between the stifle and the hock.
- gaskins, Obsolete. hose or breeches; galligaskins.
Origin of gaskin1
First recorded in 1565–75; perhaps shortened form of galligaskins
- a gasket.
Also gas·king [gas-king] /ˈgæs kɪŋ/.
Origin of gaskin2
First recorded in 1825–35; by alteration
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Examples from the Web for gaskin
She is the only midwife for whom an obstetric maneuver has been named (Gaskin maneuver).
Midwives in this country may be rare, but they hold the key to improving maternal health, says Ina May Gaskin.
Gaskin was the first man who came in reach of the wrathful American.
At that moment the dignified voice of Gaskin came from the forward pontoon.
The well-fed Gaskin, who formed one of the group, made a bob.
From below came the clanging of Gaskin's gong announcing dinner.
Madden pushed back his figures as Gaskin entered with a tray.
- the lower part of a horse's thigh, between the hock and the stifle
C16: perhaps shortened from galligaskins
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