foreleg


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fore·leg

 (fôr′lĕg′)
n.
Either of the front legs of a quadruped.

foreleg

(ˈfɔːˌlɛɡ)
n
(Zoology) either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped

fore•leg

(ˈfɔrˌlɛg, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
one of the front legs.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreleg - the forelimb of a quadrupedforeleg - the forelimb of a quadruped    
quadruped - an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
forelimb - the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)
elbow - the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow
Translations
قائِمة أماميّه عند الحيوان
přední noha
forben
mellső láb
framlöpp, framfótur
priešakinė koja
priekškāja
predná noha
ön bacak/ayak

foreleg

[ˈfɔːleg] Npata f delantera

foreleg

[ˈfɔːrlɛg] n [dog, cat] → patte f de devant; [horse, cow] → jambe f antérieure

foreleg

nVorderbein nt

foreleg

[ˈfɔːˌlɛg] nzampa anteriore

foreleg

(ˈfoːleg) noun
an animal's frontleg.
References in classic literature ?
He grunted once or twice and shifted his weight from one foreleg to the other, at the same time moving his head from side to side and swaying the ferns.
He's begun to go a little lame on the left foreleg," he added.
He saw the strong, brown arms encircling the body of the carnivore, the left arm in front of the beast's left shoulder and the right arm behind his right foreleg, and with the impact the two together rolling over and over upon the turf.
The lion was roaring in rage close behind him as he swung the deer across his shoulder, and, grasping a foreleg between his strong teeth, leaped for the nearest of the lower branches that swung above his head.
The other fox-terrier, the one with the injured foreleg, endured Michael's sniff with no more than hysterical growls deep in the throat; but the flipping out of Michael's tongue was too much.
em flung out at her, an' she's got her shank bruised o' the near foreleg.
There was hope, though, in finding his heart through his exposed chest, or, better yet, of breaking his shoulder or foreleg, and bringing him up long enough to pump more bullets into him and finish him.
All then dismount, drive their pickets into the ground in the centre, fasten the horses to them, and hobble their forelegs, so that, in case of alarm, they cannot break away.
Coming up to the willows, which moaned sadly in the wind, the horse suddenly planted his forelegs above the height of the sledge, drew up his hind legs also, pulling the sledge onto higher ground, and turned to the left, no longer sinking up to his knees in snow.
During the long summer day, as his sheep cropped the good grass which the gods had made to grow for them, or lay with their forelegs doubled under their breasts and chewed the cud, Haita, reclining in the shadow of a tree, or sitting upon a rock, played so sweet music upon his reed pipe that sometimes from the corner of his eye he got accidental glimpses of the minor sylvan deities, leaning forward out of the copse to hear; but if he looked at them directly they vanished.
Here I found that one of his forelegs was broken--the crash against the cliff-face must have done it.
The creature appeared to be a great lizard at least ten feet high, with a huge, powerful tail as long as its torso, mighty hind legs and short forelegs.