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A plural of hoof.
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(Zoology) a plural of hoof
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n., pl. hoofs hooves for 1,2,4; hoof for 3,5; n.
1. the horny covering protecting the ends of the digits or encasing the foot in certain animals, as the ox and horse.
2. the entire foot of a horse, donkey, etc.
3. Older Use. a hoofed animal, esp. one of a herd.
4. Informal. the human foot.v.t.
5. Slang. to walk (often fol. by it): Let's hoof it.v.i.
6. Slang. to dance, esp. to tap-dance.Idioms:
on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live.
[before 1000; Middle English hof, Old English hōf, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon hōf, Old High German huof, Old Norse hōfr; compare Skt śaphás]
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