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1. The part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof.
2. An analogous part of the leg of a dog or other quadruped.

[Alteration of Middle English pastron, hobble, pastern, from Old French pasturon, diminutive of pasture, pasture, tether, alteration of *pastoire, from Latin pāstōria, feminine sing. of pāstōrius, of herdsmen, from pāstor, shepherd; see pastor.]


1. (Zoology) the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and the hoof
2. (Zoology) Also called: fetter bone either of the two bones that constitute this part
[C14: from Old French pasturon, from pasture a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius of a shepherd, from pastor]


(ˈpæs tərn)

the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof.
[1300–50; Middle English pastron shackle, probably < Middle French pasturon, pastern < Vulgar Latin *pastōria herding (see pastor, -ia) + Middle French -on n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastern - the part between the fetlock and the hoofpastern - the part between the fetlock and the hoof
horse's foot - the hoof of a horse
coronet - margin between the skin of the pastern and the horn of the hoof
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates


[ˈpæstɜːn] Ncuartilla f (del caballo)
References in classic literature ?
The horse sank in up to the pasterns, and he drew each hoof with a sucking sound out of the half-thawed ground.
He stroked my right hand, seeming to admire the softness and colour; but he squeezed it so hard between his hoof and his pastern, that I was forced to roar; after which they both touched me with all possible tenderness.
Once a lady asked him how he came to say that the pastern was the knee of a horse, and he calmly replied, "Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.