[ hoo f-beet, hoof- ]
/ ˈhʊfˌbit, ˈhuf- /
the sound made by an animal's hoof in walking, running, etc.
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The hoofbeat came a third time, a little nearer, and then no more.The Shades of the Wilderness|Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin and History for hoofbeat
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