Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of the hind leg of a horse or related animal between the stifle and the hock.
  • n. Obsolete Galligaskins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. trousers, hose
  • n. part of the hind leg of a horse, which is between the stifle and the hock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sweet cherry, Prunus avium.
  • n. The common gooseberry.
  • n. The hinder part of a horse's thigh, extending from the stifle to the bend of the hock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lower part of a horse's thigh between the hock and the stifle

Etymologies

Probably short for galligaskins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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    Angelina Jolie Uncensored!: Vanity Fair

  • Fantastic stuff: There's an exhaust gaskin, as I believe it's called, the most magnificent battery, and it'll be a great opportunity to find out how brakes work.

    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

  • The wounds had sprawled from cannon to hock to gaskin and were reaching toward the thigh.

    Ms Longshot

  • He was clothed with tatters of old ship's canvas and old sea-cloth, and this extraordinary patchwork was all held together by a system of the most various and incongruous fastenings, brass buttons, bits of stick, and loops of tarry gaskin.

    Treasure Island

  • The _gaskin_ (19) is the part of the leg immediately above the hock and bounded at the rear by the hamstring.

    The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.

  • The term, _thigh_, is usually applied to the part of the hind leg above the gaskin; but, correctly speaking, it is the part of the hind leg above the stifle.

    The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.

  • He was clothed with tatters of old ships 'canvas and old sea-cloth, and this extraordinary patchwork was all held together by a system of the most various and incongruous fastenings, brass buttons, bits of stick, and loops of tarry gaskin.

    Treasure Island

  • Fantastic stuff: There’s an exhaust gaskin, as I believe it’s called, the most magnificent battery, and it’ll be a great opportunity to find out how brakes work.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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