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hooves

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hoof \Hoof\ (h[=oo]f), noun; pl. {Hoofs} (h[=oo]fs), very rarely {Hooves} (h[=oo]vz). [OE. hof, AS. h[=o]f; akin to D. hoef, G. huf, OHG. huof, Icel. h[=o]fr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. [,c]apha. [root]225.]

1. The horny substance or case that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, etc.

On burnished hooves his war horse trode. --Tennyson.

2. A hoofed animal; a beast.

Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind. --Ex. x. 26.

3. (Geom.) See {Ungula}.


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