from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A puffy, typically fluid filled sac located just above the fetlock joint on a horse. Generally appearing on old or poorly kept horses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft tumor or synovial swelling on the fetlock joint of a horse; -- so called from having formerly been supposed to contain air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A defect in a timber or log, due to an old wound caused by the breaking of a limb, commonly by a wind.
  • n. Distension of the synovial bursa at the fetlock-joint of the horse, such as may be felt on each side of the tendons behind the joint. Also called puff.
  • n. Same as wind-dog.


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  • From the existence of the Deity to the effect of a blister on a windgall, through the whole range of stable-thought and horse-talk, there was no subject, speaking generally, on which that mongrel population agreed, except, of course, on one thing -- the universal desirability of whiskey.

    Bred In The Bone 1908

  • A third perceived he had a windgall, and would bid no money; a fourth knew by his eye that he had the botts; a fifth wondered what a plague I could do at the fair with a blind, spavined, galled hack, that was only fit to be cut up for a dog-kennel.

    The Vicar of Wakefield


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  • Both a horsey word and a forestry word and not really listed as either. Yet.

    March 9, 2016