- a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for dewlap
He was very fat, with a shaven, swarthy face and the dewlap of an ox.The Strolling Saint
Put setons, or rowels in the dewlap, so as to have a dependent opening.Cattle and Their Diseases
The chief peculiarity of the animal is its lack of a dewlap.The Western World
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?The American Reformed Cattle Doctor
- a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
- loose skin on an elderly person's throat
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
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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