Definition of unguis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəNGɡwis/

noun (plural ungues /ˈəNGɡwēz/)

A nail, claw, or fang.
Example sentences
  • She grabbed onto my arm roughly, digging her sharp ungues into my flesh.
  • Three minutes later the male darted at the female and seized her, using the ungues and the anal forceps.
  • Those of the male fore legs have both the ungues serrate.


Early 18th century: from Latin.

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Syllabification: un·guis

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