hind leg


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Noun1.hind leg - the back limb of a quadrupedhind leg - the back limb of a quadruped  
quadruped - an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
hock-joint, hock - tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
gaskin - lower part of a horse's thigh between the hock and the stifle
stifle, knee - joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
hind limb, hindlimb - a posterior appendage such as a leg or the homologous structure in other animals
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For, the moment the spur touched him, his left hind leg had reached forward in a kick that struck the stirrup a smart blow.
"Well," said Two Tails, rubbing one hind leg against the other, exactly like a little boy saying a poem, "I don't quite know whether you'd understand."
Picking his way out of the dung-strewn stable, Mukhorty frisked, and making play with his hind leg pretended that he meant to kick Nikita, who was running at a trot beside him to the pump.
Once, the cub sprang in and sank his teeth into the hind leg of the lynx.
By the Pope's hind leg, who and what be ye?" he said, turning to Norman of Torn.
These were no other than four very dismal dogs, who came pattering in one after the other, headed by an old bandy dog of particularly mournful aspect, who, stopping when the last of his followers had got as far as the door, erected himself upon his hind legs and looked round at his companions, who immediately stood upon their hind legs, in a grave and melancholy row.
In attacking he rears himself on his hind legs, and springs the length of his body.
"Stupid people must have streets and numbered houses in their cities, to guide them where to go," observed the grey donkey, as he walked before the visitors on his hind legs, in an awkward but comical manner; "but clever donkeys know their way about without such absurd marks.
Aside from the marble statues of Unc Nunkie and Margolotte, the Glass Cat was there, curled up on a rug; and the Woozy was there, sitting on its square hind legs and looking on the scene with solemn interest; and there was the Shaggy Man, in a suit of shaggy pea-green satin, and at a table sat the little Wizard, looking quite important and as if he knew much more than he cared to tell.
A magnificent Poodle appeared, walking on his hind legs just like a man.
One lazo was thrown over his horns as h rushed at the horse, and another round his hind legs: in minute the monster was stretched powerless on the ground After the lazo has once been drawn tightly round the horn of a furious animal, it does not at first appear an easy thin to disengage it again without killing the beast: nor, I apprehend, would it be so if the man was by himself.
Best of all, perhaps, he loved to lie near the fire, hind legs crouched under him, fore legs stretched out in front, head raised, and eyes blinking dreamily at the flames.