Dewclaw
Dewclaw Dew"claw`, n. In any animal, esp. of the Herbivora, a rudimentary claw or small hoof not reaching the ground. [1913 Webster]

Some cut off the dewclaws [of greyhounds]. --J. H. Walsh. [1913 Webster]


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  • dewclaw — [do͞o′klô΄] n. [prob. so called because it does not touch the ground, but only the dew on the surface] 1. a functionless digit on the foot of some animals, as on the inner side of a dog s leg or above the true hoof in cattle, deer, etc. 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Dewclaw — For the web comic characters of the same last name, see Kevin and Kell. Letter D in the image indicates the dewclaw on this dog s front paw …   Wikipedia

  • dewclaw — noun Date: 1576 a vestigial digit not reaching to the ground on the foot of a mammal; also a claw or hoof terminating such a digit see cow illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dewclaw — dewclawed, adj. /dooh klaw , dyooh /, n. 1. a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking. 2. an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc. [1570 80; DEW + CLAW; cf. DEWLAP] * * * …   Universalium

  • dewclaw — noun A vestigial digit, hoof or claw that does not reach the ground …   Wiktionary

  • dewclaw — dew·claw d(y)ü .klȯ n a vestigial digit not reaching to the ground on the foot of a mammal also a claw or hoof terminating such a digit dew·clawed .klȯd adj * * * dew·claw (dooґklaw) a vestigial digit or claw, found in the feet of dogs, cats,… …   Medical dictionary

  • dewclaw — n. small useless claw (of dogs); hoof separated into two sections (of deer, hogs, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dewclaw — noun a rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs. ↘a false hoof on an animal such as a deer, which is formed by its rudimentary side toes …   English new terms dictionary

  • dewclaw — dew•claw [[t]ˈduˌklɔ, ˈdyu [/t]] n. 1) zool. a functionless claw on some dogs that does not reach the ground in walking 2) zool. an analogous false hoof, as of deer • Etymology: 1570–80; cf. dewlap dew′clawed , adj …   From formal English to slang

  • dewclaw — /ˈdjuklɔ/ (say dyoohklaw) noun 1. a functionless inner claw or digit in the foot of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking. 2. an analogous false hoof of deer, pigs, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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