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Origin of claw

First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English clawu; cognate with Old High German chlō(a), akin to Dutch klauw, German Klaue; (verb) Middle English clawen, Old English claw(i)an, derivative of clawu (noun); akin to Dutch klauwen, German klauen
clawer, nounclawless, adjectivede·claw, verb (used with object)
clause, claws
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British Dictionary definitions for claw

/ (klɔː) /


a curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals
a corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab
a part or member like a claw in function or appearance
botany the narrow basal part of certain petals and sepals


to scrape, tear, or dig (something or someone) with claws, etc
(tr) to create by scratching as with clawsto claw an opening
clawer, nounclawless, adjective
Old English clawu; related to Old High German kluwi, Sanskrit glau- ball, sphere
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Scientific definitions for claw

[ klô ]

A sharp, curved nail at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
A pincer, as of a lobster or crab, used for grasping.
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