- 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
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They include the Lobus superior, the Lobus inferior, and the Ungues.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
Each of the ungues has a little tuft of strong hairs issuing from the extremity of the terminal joint of the tarsi.
Tanquam ungues digitosque suos—As well as his nails and fingers; at his fingers' ends.
The furca is, as a rule, a powerful motor-organ, and has its laminae edged with strong teeth (ungues) or setae or both.
- a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it
- the clawlike base of certain petals
C18: from Latin
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- 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.onyx
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