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Pastern

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Pa'stern. n.s. [pasturon, French.]

  1. The knee of an horse.

    I will not change my horse with any that treads on four pasterns. Shakespear's Henry V.

    The colt that for a stallion is design'd,
    Upright he walks on pasterns firm and straight,
    His motions easy, prancing in his gait.
    Dryden.

    Being heavy, he should not tread stiff, but have a pastern made him, to break the force of his weight; by this his body hangs on the hoof, as a coach doth by the leathers. Grew.

  2. The legs of an human creature in contempt.

    So straight she walk'd, and on her pasterns high:
    If seeing her behind, he lik'd her pace,
    Now turning short, he better lik'd her face.
    Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Grew, Nehemiah (36) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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