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hoof,

horny epidermal casing at the end of the digits of an ungulate (hoofed) mammalmammal,
an animal of the highest class of vertebrates, the Mammalia. The female has mammary glands, which secrete milk for the nourishment of the young after birth. In the majority of mammals the body is partially or wholly covered with hair; the heart has four chambers, and
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. In the even-toed ungulates, such as swine, deer, and cattle, the hoof is cloven; in the odd-toed ungulates, such as the horse and the rhinoceros, it is solid.

hoof

[hu̇f]
(vertebrate zoology)
Horny covering for terminal portions of the digits of ungulate mammals.
A hoofed foot, as of a horse.

hoof

1. the horny covering of the end of the foot in the horse, deer, and all other ungulate mammals
2. the foot of an ungulate mammal
3. a hoofed animal
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Having no fingers or hands the beasts were rather clumsy, as you may guess; but Dorothy was surprised to observe how many things they could do with their stiff, heavy hoofs.
Here have been his hoofs,--and there is a moccasin print, as I'm a sinner
His hoofs pounded the grass like hammers, and presently he began to gallop
The mules drew well, and their hoofs went up and down upon the road.
Having got the child on his back, the animal gave a leap into the air, and came down so like a feather that Europa did not know when his hoofs touched the ground.
As we emerged into this river-bed path suddenly we started a troop of tall giraffes, who galloped, or rather sailed off, in their strange gait, their tails screwed up over their backs, and their hoofs rattling like castanets.
The squadwon can't pass," shouted Vaska Denisov, showing his white teeth fiercely and spurring his black thoroughbred Arab, which twitched its ears as the bayonets touched it, and snorted, spurting white foam from his bit, tramping the planks of the bridge with his hoofs, and apparently ready to jump over the railings had his rider let him.
His neatly shaped white body was covered with regular bars of dark brown, and his hoofs were delicate as those of a deer.
You are very complimentary to my partner, indeed," asserted the donkey, rubbing his front hoofs together as if highly pleased.
Mukhorty overtook them, and struck his hoofs against the back of the sledge in front of them.
The velvet of young grass was torn up by its hoofs, and its terror of the stream was such, that, when fetched to the edge at a canter, it stiffened and crouched to an abrupt stop, then reared on its hind-legs.
It was as big as a mountain, with horns on its head, and a long tail, and it had hoofs divided in two.