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[doo-lap, dyoo-] /ˈduˌlæp, ˈdyu-/
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
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 forms
dewlapped, adjective Unabridged
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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.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • 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?

  • The dewlap is very slightly extensible, and but little developed.

  • In doing so he noticed for the first time Dick's stitches in the hound's dewlap and shoulders.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
  • About once in so long a tiny spasm of the muscles would contract the dewlap under his chin.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • Apply strong counterirritant to chest and put seton in dewlap.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • So likewise the pictorial historian is merry over 'dewlap alliances' in his description of the society of that period.

British Dictionary definitions for dewlap


a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
loose skin on an elderly person's throat
Derived Forms
dewlapped, adjective
Word Origin
C14 dewlappe, from dew (probably changed by folk etymology from an earlier form of different meaning) + lap1 (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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