Hoof (?), n.; pl. Hoofs (#), very rarely Hooves (#). [OE. hof, AS. hOf; akin to D. hoef, G1huf, OHG. huof, Icel. hOfr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. çapha. √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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Hoof, v. i.

1.

To walk as cattle. [R.] William Scott.

2.

To be on a tramp; to foot. [Slang, U.S.]

To hoof it, to foot it.

 

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Hoof, n. --
On the hoof, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not slaughtered.

 

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