Definition of dewlap in English:

Share this entry

dewlap

Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͞olap/

noun

Image of dewlap
A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck or throat of an animal, especially that present in many cattle.
Example sentences
  • Exposed skin of the ceres, dewlaps, horns, bills or legs may be brightly colored red or blue.
  • In tree lizards, the male morphs are represented by differences in the coloration of the dewlap (throat fan) used in social communication.
  • Wattle, OT congenital cervical tragus, is a term coined by Clarke1 to describe an unusual skin appendage found on the neck analogous to growths on the dewlaps of birds (turkeys, roosters, etc).

Origin

Middle English: from dew and lap1, perhaps influenced by a Scandinavian word (compare with Danish doglæp).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dew·lap

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.