claw

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claw

1. a curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals
2. a corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab
3. Botany the narrow basal part of certain petals and sepals

claw

[klȯ]
(anatomy)
A sharp, slender, curved nail on the toe of an animal, such as a bird.
(design engineering)
A fork for removing nails or spikes.
(invertebrate zoology)
A sharp-curved process on the tip of the limb of an insect.
References in classic literature ?
Namgay Doola had scrambled on the jam and was clawing out the butt of a log with a rude sort of a boat-hook.
The others, screaming and clawing, were thrust over the precipice, and went hurtling down, as their prisoners had of old, on to the sharp bamboos six hundred feet below.
Leaping and clawing, they mowed down the warriors with their powerful paws, turning for an instant to rend their victims with frightful fangs.
Then I began to build; then mounted my pile, clawing the wall to keep my balance.
In a little while another veteran was discharged abruptly from the same door, clawing at the air for a saving support.
He walked up Piccadilly, dragging his club-foot, sombrely drunk, with rage and misery clawing at his heart.