[ uhng-gwis ]
/ ˈʌŋ gwɪs /
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noun, plural un·gues [uhng-gweez]. /ˈʌŋ gwiz/.
a nail, claw, or hoof.
Botany. the clawlike base of certain petals.
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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) /

noun plural -gues (-ɡwiːz)
a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it
the clawlike base of certain petals

Word Origin for unguis

C18: from Latin
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Medical definitions for unguis

[ ŭnggwĭs ]

n. pl. un•gues (-gwēz)
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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