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.
ETYM Old Eng. hele, heele, AS. hęla, perh. for hôhila, from AS. hôh heel (cf. Hough); but cf. Dutch hiel, OFries. heila, hęla, Icel. haell, Dan. hael, Swed. häl, and Latin calx. Related to Inculcate.
(Homonym: he'll, heel).
1. The back part of a shoe or boot underneath the heel.
2. The back part of the human foot.
In playing stringed musical instruments, the part of the bow (at one of its ends) held by a player.
hoof / huːf /
Množina reči hoof je hooves.
ETYM Old Eng. hof, AS. hôf; akin to Dutch hoef, G1huf, Old High Germ. huof, Icel. hôfr, Swed. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. çapha.
(Irregular plural: hooves).
The horny end of the foot in hoofed animals.