Commonly used as ornaments to the legs of furniture, as tables,
chairs, etc.; emblematical of strength and stability. The Greeks and
Romans employed, for the same purpose, the hoofs of oxen.
“Les soutiens des tables et des trépieds [in Greece and Rome] se
terminaiént souvent en forme de piedes de & boeuf;, pour exprimer la
force et la stabilité.” —Noel: Dictionnaire de la Fable, vol.
i. p. 237, col. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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