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[doo-lap, dyoo-] /ˈduˌlæp, ˈdyu-/
a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards.
Origin of dewlap
1350-1400; Middle English dew(e)lappe, apparently dewe dew + lappe lap1; compare Danish dog-læp, Dutch (dial.) dauw-zwengel; literal sense is unclear
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dewlapped, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dewlap
  • They also have a flap of skin on the bottom of their necks called a dewlap.
  • During the rut, bulls roll around in basins of urine known as wallow pits, and the dewlap waves the funky perfume around.
  • First, the number of nodes from ground level to attachment of the top visible dewlap leaf was counted.
British Dictionary definitions for dewlap


a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
loose skin on an elderly person's throat
Derived Forms
dewlapped, adjective
Word Origin
C14 dewlappe, from dew (probably changed by folk etymology from an earlier form of different meaning) + lap1 (from Old English læppa hanging flap), perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish doglæp
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Word Origin and History for dewlap

mid-14c., dewe lappe, from lappe "loose piece" (Old English læppa), first element of unknown origin or meaning. Originally of cattle.

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