Definitions for pasternˈpæs tərn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof.
Origin of pastern:
1300–50; ME pastron shackle, prob. < MF pasturon, pastern < VL *pastōria herding (see pastor , -ia ) + MF -on n. suffix
pastern, fetter bone(noun)
the part between the fetlock and the hoof
The area on a horse's leg between the fetlock joint and the hoof.
Origin: From pasturon (French pâturon), from pasture ‘shackle’ (from pastoria ‘shackle for pastured animal's foot’) + diminutive suffix.
the part of the foot of the horse, and allied animals, between the fetlock and the coffin joint. See Illust. of Horse
a shackle for horses while pasturing
The pastern is a part of the leg of a horse between the fetlock and the top of the hoof. It incorporates the long pastern bone and the short pastern bone, which are held together by two sets of paired ligaments to form the pastern joint. Anatomically homologous to the two largest bones found in the human finger, the pastern was famously mis-defined by Samuel Johnson in his dictionary as "the knee of a horse". When a lady asked Johnson how he came to do so, he gave the much-quoted reply: "Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance."
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