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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.
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Origin of unguis

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

paw, tentacle, fingernail, ungulate, frog, tramp, foot, cleft, unguis, cloven, talon, nipper, crook, hook, barb, spur, clapperclaw, fang, manus, grapnel

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Historical Examples of unguis

  • 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.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for unguis


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
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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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