dew claw


  1. a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking.
  2. an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc.


  1. a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
  2. an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc

also dew-claw, 1570s, from claw, but the signification of the first element is obscure (see dewlap).

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