ETYM AS. clawu, clâ, cleó; akin to Dutch klaauw, German klaue, Icel. klô, Swed. and Dan. klo, and perh. to Eng. clew.
1. A bird's foot that has claws.
2. A structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods; SYN. chela, nipper, pincer.
3. Sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles; SYN. unguis.
Hard, hooked, pointed outgrowth of the digits of mammals, birds, and most reptiles. Claws are composed of the protein keratin, and grow continuously from a bundle of cells in the lower skin layer. Hooves and nails are modified structures with the same origin as claws.
ETYM Old Eng. cloche, cloke, claw, Scot. clook, cleuck, also Old Eng. cleche claw, clechen, cleken, to seize; cf. AS. gelaeccan (where ge- is a prefix) to seize. Related to Latch a catch.
1. Connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism.
2. The mechanism that operates a clutch, such as a pedal (in a car).
3. A tense critical situation.
4. A number of birds hatched at the same time.
1. A block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp; SYN. inkpad, inking pad, stamp pad.
2. A number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge; SYN. pad of paper, tablet.
3. A usually thin flat mass of padding.
4. The foot or fleshy cushion-like underside of the toes of an animal.
ETYM Old Eng. pawe, poue, Old Fren. poe: cf. patte, lg. pote, Dutch poot, German pfote.
1. The foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly; the foot of an animal.
2. A human hand especially when large or clumsy.
3. A clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped.