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[fawr-paw, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌpɔ, ˈfoʊr-/
the paw of a foreleg.
Origin of forepaw
First recorded in 1815-25; fore- + paw1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Also we were in trouble because my brother's forepaw was broken.

    The Mahatma and the Hare H. Rider Haggard
  • Then he held up his forepaw as the Mole stepped gingerly down.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • With a forepaw in my vest pocket he hung on and I did not risk shaking too violently.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Again it alighted, and he brushed it away with the other forepaw.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Upon him fell the mighty beast, beating down the spear with a forepaw.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Sometimes she struck them lightly on the ears with her forepaw.

    Among the Farmyard People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • They constitute the forepaw in terrestrial mammals; in aerial vertebrates they form wings; in aqueous mammals they act as paddles.

  • In Curzon's figure the lion is standing, not 'couchant', as stated by Malcolm, and grasps a scimitar in his off forepaw.

  • One forepaw caught in the latch and pressed it down, and the weight of the door swung against him.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • I picked him up, held his forepaw firmly and put some ink on it with the end of a match.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for forepaw


either of the front feet of most land mammals that do not have hoofs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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