[ uhng-gwis ]
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noun,plural un·gues [uhng-gweez]. /ˈʌŋ gwiz/.
  1. a nail, claw, or hoof.

  2. Botany. the clawlike base of certain petals.

Origin of unguis

1685–95; <Latin unguis a nail, claw, hoof; akin to Greek ónyx

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How to use unguis in a sentence

  • The ancient writers, seeing the valves separate, placed it in their systems under the name Patella unguis.

    A Conchological Manual | George Brettingham Sowerby
  • unguis: one of the claws at the end of the tarsus: also applied to a short process on the 6th antennal joint in some Aphids.

  • The malar bone, and the os unguis or lachrymal, are more or less developed according to the species considered.

British Dictionary definitions for unguis


/ (ˈʌŋɡwɪs) /

nounplural -gues (-ɡwiːz)
  1. a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it

  2. the clawlike base of certain petals

Origin of unguis

C18: from Latin

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