[ doo-klaw, dyoo- ]
/ ˈduˌklɔ, ˈdyu- /


a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking.
an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc.

Origin of dewclaw

1570–80; dew + claw; cf. dewlap
Related formsdew·clawed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dew claw


/ (ˈdjuːˌklɔː) /


a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc
Derived Formsdewclawed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dew claw

dew claw


also dew-claw, 1570s, from claw, but the signification of the first element is obscure (see dewlap).

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