Definition of dewclaw in English:

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dewclaw

Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͞oklô/

noun

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1A rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 the nouns dew and claw.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dew·claw

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