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The joint complex on the rear limb of quadrupeds interposed between the femur proximally and the tibia and fibula distally.
[M.E., fr. O.E. hōh, heel]
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a. The tarsal joint of the hind leg of certain quadrupeds, such as horses and dogs, corresponding to the human ankle but bending in the opposite direction.
b. A joint in the leg of a domestic fowl similar to the hock of a quadruped.
tr.v. hocked, hocking, hocks
To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; hamstring.
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