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dewlap

[doo-lap, dyoo-]
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noun
  1. a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
  2. any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards.

Origin of dewlap

1350–1400; Middle English dew(e)lappe, apparently dewe dew + lappe lap1; compare Danish dog-læp, Dutch (dial.) dauw-zwengel; literal sense is unclear
Related formsdew·lapped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dewlap

Historical Examples

  • He was very fat, with a shaven, swarthy face and the dewlap of an ox.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Put setons, or rowels in the dewlap, so as to have a dependent opening.

  • The chief peculiarity of the animal is its lack of a dewlap.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There must be no loose skin, such as dewlap, etc., in this region.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

  • Then what sense is there in blistering, bleeding, and inserting setons in the dewlap?


British Dictionary definitions for dewlap

dewlap

noun
  1. a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
  2. loose skin on an elderly person's throat
Derived Formsdewlapped, adjective

Word Origin

C14 dewlappe, from dew (probably changed by folk etymology from an earlier form of different meaning) + lap 1 (from Old English læppa hanging flap), perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish doglæp
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Word Origin and History for dewlap

n.

mid-14c., dewe lappe, from lappe "loose piece" (Old English læppa), first element of unknown origin or meaning. Originally of cattle.

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