dew-claw

dewclaw

[doo-klaw, dyoo-]
noun
1.
a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking.
2.
an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc.

Origin:
1570–80; dew + claw; cf. dewlap

dewclawed, adjective
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dewclaw (ˈdjuːˌklɔː)
 
n
1.  a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2.  an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc
 
'dewclawed
 
adj

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