ETYM AS. clawu, clâ, cleó; akin to Dutch klaauw, German klaue, Icel. klô, Swed. and Dan. klo, and perh. to Eng. clew.
1. A bird's foot that has claws.
2. A structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods; SYN. chela, nipper, pincer.
3. Sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles; SYN. unguis.
Hard, hooked, pointed outgrowth of the digits of mammals, birds, and most reptiles. Claws are composed of the protein keratin, and grow continuously from a bundle of cells in the lower skin layer. Hooves and nails are modified structures with the same origin as claws.
fang / fæŋ /
ETYM From Fang; cf. AS. fang a taking, booty, German fang.
1. Canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey.
2. Hollow or grooved tooth a venomous snake; used to inject its poison.
nail / neɪl /
Old measure of two and a quarter inches
A long, pointed piece of metal, usually topped with a flatter surface (or) that is hammered into materials as a fastener.
A former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard.
pounce / paʊns /
1. The act of pouncing.
2. Fine powder formerly spread on writing paper to arrest running of ink; powder for tracing perforated design, or such design.
3. The claw of a bird of prey
talon / tælən /
ETYM French, heel, spur, Late Lat. talo, from Latin talus the ankle, heel.
A sharp hooked claw esp. on a bird of prey.