from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The horny sheath covering the toes or lower part of the foot of a mammal of the orders Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla, such as a horse, ox, or deer.
- n. The foot of such an animal, especially a horse.
- n. Slang The human foot.
- transitive v. To trample with the hoofs.
- intransitive v. Slang To dance, especially as a professional.
- intransitive v. Slang To go on foot; walk.
- idiom hoof it Slang To walk.
- idiom hoof it Slang To dance.
- idiom on the hoof Not yet butchered; alive. Used especially of cattle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering.
- n. The human foot.
- v. To trample with hooves.
- v. To walk.
- v. To dance, especially as a professional.
- v. to kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The horny substance or case that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, etc.
- n. A hoofed animal; a beast.
- n. See Ungula.
- intransitive v. To walk as cattle.
- intransitive v. To be on a tramp; to foot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The casing of hard horny substance which sheathes the ends of the digits or incases the foot in many animals.
- n. A hoofed animal; a beast.
- n. In geometry, an ungula or part of a cylinder or cone cut off by a plane cutting both the base and the curved surface.
- n. In tortoise-shell manuf., one of the smaller plates of translucent shell forming the head.
- To walk, as cattle; foot: with an indefinite it.
- To kill (game) by shooting it on the ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dance in a professional capacity
- n. the horny covering of the end of the foot in ungulate mammals
- v. walk
- n. the foot of an ungulate mammal
Cloven hoof is what it is and maybe the clove is the evolution of claws.
And I thought about how "a horse's hoof is more delicate than it seems" and I am achingly delicate and fantastically strong.
And in the higher schools the cloven hoof is seen even more clearly.
Among his academic peers, Daniel Lieberman, 47, is known as a "hoof and mouth" man.
Another time we used an elk hoof from a prior hunt and made "scrapes" in front of a guy's stand - later when we asked him if he ever saw any "signs", he clammed up and said he saw nothing!)
And need I point out that a pony’s hoof is just about the perfect implement for crushing fragile crockery?
Foot In Mouth or Hoof In Mouth….cloven hoof, that is…
I rummaged through an old tack box and pulled out a tool called a hoof tester.
A plastic gallon bottle with the top cut off just enough to insert the hoof is the ideal thing for doing this.
With heavy weighting of the hoof, which is shown by a backward inclination of the fetlock, contraction in the anterior and lateral regions is slight, but the expansion behind, in the region of the heels, is distinct, commencing gradually in front, becoming stronger, and diminishing again posteriorly.