noun, plural ungues [uhng-gweez] .
a nail, claw, or hoof.
Botany. the clawlike base of certain petals.

1685–95; < Latin unguis a nail, claw, hoof; akin to Greek ónyx

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unguis (ˈʌŋɡwɪs)
n , pl -gues
1.  a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it
2.  the clawlike base of certain petals
[C18: from Latin]

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unguis un·guis (ŭng'gwĭs)
n. pl. un·gues (-gwēz)
Any of the thin horny translucent plates covering the upper surface at the end of each finger and toe, consisting of a visible body and a root concealed under a fold of skin; a fingernail or toenail. Also called onyx.

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