dewclaw

noun dew·claw \ ˈdü-ˌklȯ also ˈdyü- \

Definition of dewclaw

: 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

First Known Use of dewclaw

1576

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dewclaw

noun dew·claw \ ˈd(y)ü-ˌklȯ \

medical Definition of dewclaw

: a vestigial digit not reaching to the ground on the foot of a mammal; also : a claw or hoof terminating such a digit

dewclawed

play \-ˌklȯd\ adjective

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