dewclaw

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dewclaw

Zoology
1. a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2. an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc.

dewclaw

[′dü‚klȯ]
(vertebrate zoology)
A vestigial digit on the foot of a mammal which does not reach the ground.
A claw or hoof terminating such a digit.