Origin: OE. Hof, AS. Hof; akin to D. Hoef, G1huf, OHG. Huof, Icel. Hofr, Sw. Hof, Dan. Hov; cf. Russ. Kopuito, Skr. Capha.

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. <geometry> See Ungula.

(01 Mar 1998)

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