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dewlap

[ doo-lap, dyoo- ]
/ ˈduˌlæp, ˈdyu- /
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noun
a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
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 dewedew + lappelap1; compare Danish dog-læp,Dutch (dial.) dauw-zwengel; literal sense is unclear

OTHER WORDS FROM dewlap

dewlapped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dewlap

dewlap
/ (ˈdjuːˌlæp) /

noun
a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
loose skin on an elderly person's throat

Derived forms of dewlap

dewlapped, 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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