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[doo-lap, dyoo-]
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  1. a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
  2. any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards.
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Origin of dewlap

1350–1400; Middle English dew(e)lappe, apparently dewe dew + lappe lap1; compare Danish dog-læp, Dutch (dial.) dauw-zwengel; literal sense is unclear
Related formsdew·lapped, adjective
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Related Words for dewlap

cheek, mandible, dewlap

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Historical Examples of dewlap

  • He was very fat, with a shaven, swarthy face and the dewlap of an ox.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Put setons, or rowels in the dewlap, so as to have a dependent opening.

  • The chief peculiarity of the animal is its lack of a dewlap.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There must be no loose skin, such as dewlap, etc., in this region.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

  • Then what sense is there in blistering, bleeding, and inserting setons in the dewlap?

British Dictionary definitions for dewlap


  1. a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
  2. loose skin on an elderly person's throat
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Derived Formsdewlapped, adjective

Word Origin for dewlap

C14 dewlappe, from dew (probably changed by folk etymology from an earlier form of different meaning) + lap 1 (from Old English læppa hanging flap), perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish doglæp
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Word Origin and History for dewlap


mid-14c., dewe lappe, from lappe "loose piece" (Old English læppa), first element of unknown origin or meaning. Originally of cattle.

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