Definition of dewclaw in English:

dewclaw

Line breaks: dew|claw
Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːklɔː
 
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noun

  • 1A rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs.
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    • Look for the presence of a dewclaw, an extra digit on the paw.
    • If dewclaws are present on your Shih Tzu, trim the dewclaws as well.
    • One of her dewclaws had slashed diagonally across my forehead, eyebrow, nose, and cheek.
  • 1.1A false hoof on an animal such as a deer, which is formed by its rudimentary side toes.
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    • A fully mature buck (31/2 years old or older) will leave a track measuring 5 to 6 inches from toe tip to the back of the dewclaw (hoof length from 3 to 31/4 inches).
    • Since then I’ve seen a countless number of does that have left hoof drag marks and dewclaw prints in the snow.

Origin

late 16th century: apparently from dew and claw.

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