HAW (nictitans membrana) of the eye. A thin membrane situated in the inner corner of a horse's eye. Its use is to protect that organ from dust or flies, guard it from thorns, &c. for when the animal draws the eye obliquely inwards, the haw covers it. Also a gristle that grows between the eye-lid and the eye of a horse, which if not speedily removed will destroy that organ.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835._
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