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clapperclaw

/ (ˈklæpəˌklɔː) /
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verb (tr) archaic

to claw or scratch with the hands and nails
to revile; abuse

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Derived forms of clapperclaw

clapperclawer, noun

Word Origin for clapperclaw

C16: perhaps from clapper + claw
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