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dewlap

[doo-lap, dyoo-] /ˈduˌlæp, ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
2.
any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dew(e)lappe, apparently dewe dew + lappe lap1; compare Danish dog-læp, Dutch (dial.) dauw-zwengel; literal sense is unclear
Related forms
dewlapped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dewlapped

dewlap

/ˈdjuːˌlæp/
noun
1.
a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
2.
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 dewlapped

dewlap

n.

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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