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dewclaw

[doo-klaw, dyoo-] /ˈduˌklɔ, ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking.
2.
an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; dew + claw; cf. dewlap
Related forms
dewclawed, adjective
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  • The dewclaw itself is much shorter and straighter than other cats.
British Dictionary definitions for dewclaw

dewclaw

/ˈdjuːˌklɔː/
noun
1.
a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2.
an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc
Derived Forms
dewclawed, adjective
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