un·​gual ˈəŋ-gwəl How to pronounce ungual (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling a nail, claw, or hoof

Examples of ungual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers this week described single ungual bone — essentially, the tip of one of the tiny toes on its back foot — as having a shape identical to the same bone in adult Spinosaurus. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2018

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Word History


Latin unguis nail, claw, hoof — more at nail

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungual was in 1834

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“Ungual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungual. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


: of or relating to a fingernail or toenail
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