dewclaw

noun

dew·​claw ˈdü-ˌklȯ How to pronounce dewclaw (audio)
 also  ˈdyü-
: a vestigial digit not reaching to the ground on the foot of a mammal
also : a claw or hoof terminating such a digit see cow illustration

Examples of dewclaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their dewclaws are higher on their legs and are less likely to show up than a deer’s dewclaws. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Feb. 2024 Yeah, one of my cats has double dewclaws. Wired Staff, WIRED, 16 Feb. 2023 Long nails can catch on upholstery and tear the dewclaw partly off the leg. Kim Campbell Thornton, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dewclaw was in 1576

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“Dewclaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dewclaw. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

dewclaw

noun
dew·​claw ˈd(y)ü-ˌklȯ How to pronounce dewclaw (audio)
: a vestigial digit not reaching to the ground on the foot of a mammal
also : a claw or hoof terminating such a digit
dewclawed adjective
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