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Definition of "claw" []

  • A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird. (noun)
  • A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or other arthropod. (noun)
  • A limb terminating in such a structure. (noun)
  • Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw. (noun)
  • Botany The narrowed, stalklike basal part of certain petals or sepals. (noun)
  • A curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab (noun)
  • A part or member like a claw in function or appearance (noun)
  • The narrow basal part of certain petals and sepals (noun)
  • To scrape, tear, or dig (something or someone) with claws, etc (verb)
  • To create by scratching as with claws (verb)

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Use "claw" in a sentence
  • "Grendles grāpe, _all of Grendel's claw, the whole claw_, 837; dat.pl. on grames grāpum, 766; (as instr.) grimman grāpum, _with grim claws_, 1543."
  • "Grendles grâpe, _all of Grendel's claw, the whole claw_, 837; dat.pl. on grames grâpum, 766; (as instr.) grimman grâpum, _with grim claws_, 1543."
  • "I. iii.19 (241,7) [claw no man in his humour] To _claw_ is to flatter."