[ flaps ]
/ flæps /

noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.

swelling of the lips of a horse.

Nearby words

  1. flappable,
  2. flapper,
  3. flappers,
  4. flapping tremor,
  5. flappy,
  6. flare,
  7. flare path,
  8. flare star,
  9. flare up,
  10. flare, solar

Origin of flaps

flap (noun) + -s3


[ flap ]
/ flæp /

verb (used without object), flapped, flap·ping.

verb (used with object), flapped, flap·ping.


Origin of flap

1275–1325; Middle English flappe a blow, slap, flappen to hit, slap; compare Dutch flap, flappen

Related formsflap·less, adjectiveun·flap·ping, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for flaps


/ (flæp) /

verb flaps, flapping or flapped


Word Origin for flap

C14: probably of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for flaps
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Medicine definitions for flaps


[ flăp ]


Tissue used in surgical grafting that is only partially detached from its donor site so that it continues to be nourished during transfer to the recipient site.

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