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Origin of unguis

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

Word Origin for unguis

C18: from Latin
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unguis in Medicine


n. pl. un•gues (-gwēz)
  1. Any of the thin horny translucent plates covering the upper surface at the end of each finger and toe, consisting of a visible body and a root concealed under a fold of skin; a fingernail or toenail.onyx
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