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[uhng-gwis] /ˈʌŋ gwɪs/
noun, plural ungues
[uhng-gweez] /ˈʌŋ gwiz/ (Show IPA)
a nail, claw, or hoof.
Botany. the clawlike base of certain petals.
Origin of unguis
1685-95; < Latin unguis a nail, claw, hoof; akin to Greek ónyx Unabridged
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noun (pl) -gues (-ɡwiːz)
a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it
the clawlike base of certain petals
Word Origin
C18: from Latin
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ungues in Medicine

unguis un·guis (ŭng'gwĭs)
n. pl. un·gues (-gwēz)
Any of the thin horny translucent plates covering the upper surface at the end of each finger and toe, consisting of a visible body and a root concealed under a fold of skin; a fingernail or toenail. Also called onyx.

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