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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
References in classic literature ?
The tumultuous noise resolved itself now into the disorderly mingling of many voices, the gride of many wheels, the creaking of waggons, and the staccato of hoofs. The lane came round sharply not fifty yards from the crossroads.
A horse rose close upon him, and in another moment, half rising, he had been borne down under the horse's hoofs.
"This has been a strange beast, old man," said Paul, who had pulled the bridle, or rather halter of his steed, over the second carcass, while the rest of the party were already passing, in their eagerness to proceed; "a strange horse do I call it; it had neither head nor hoofs!"
"It would soon bake you a buffaloe whole, or for that matter powder his hoofs and horns into white ashes.
"I tell you, old trapper, this is no horse; neither in hoofs, head, nor hide."
Vronsky passed Mahotin, but he was immediately aware of him close upon him, and he never ceased hearing the even-thudding hoofs and the rapid and still quite fresh breathing of Gladiator.
He urged on his mare, and to his delight felt that she easily quickened her pace, and the thud of Gladiator's hoofs was again heard at the same distance away.
"He's cleared it!" he thought, catching the thud of Gladiator's hoofs behind him.
"Rile some other pool with your clumsy hoofs, and let your betters alone after this!"
The man, too, listened, and heard, faintly, the thud of hoofs on soft earth.
Reduction or decrease in lameness score indicated gradual repair in hoof affection manifested by reduction in lameness score over time.
It is important to provide a stable bed for consistent support under the hoof, particularly under the frog.