verb (used with object), horse·shoed, horse·shoe·ing.
- horseradish peroxidase,
- horseradish tree,
- horseshoe arch,
- horseshoe back,
- horseshoe bat,
- horseshoe crab,
- horseshoe fern
Origin of horseshoe
verb -shoes, -shoeing or -shoed
HORSE-SHOES, the game of coits, or quoits--because sometimes actually played with horse-shoes. [John Trotter Brockett, "A Glossary of North Country Words," 1829]
The belief that finding a horseshoe by chance is lucky is attested from late 14c., and the practice of nailing one above a doorway to prevent a witch entering therein was common in London down to c.1800. Of a type of bend in a river, 1770, American English. As a type of crab, from 1775.