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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.
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In the case of crustacean fishers, if the narrow meaning were adopted, fishers who invested in clawless lobster fishing, in reliance on the broad English version, would be surprised and might suffer economic loss as a result of their reliance.
Physical appearance, character traits': for Bess we have no documentary evidence, but we might guess: brown, hairy, clawless, toothless, scarred, blinded, probably angry, aggressive, but maybe terrified.
The clawless lobster is sourced by Lobster Australia from some 135 boats fishing off the west coast near Perth and enjoys a 'clean and green' environmental halo.
Yesterday `Tiger Tim' was `Tabby Tim', a toothless, clawless, at times clueless imitation of the man his army of fans hoped and prayed could become the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Tiger Tim' was 'Tabby Tim', a toothless, clawless, at times clueless imitation of the man his army of fans hoped and prayed could become the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Asked about the one-eyed, clawless parrot from Wick, he said: "It must have been injured in transit.
Sauropods were ungainly, clawless, and lacked meat-ripping teeth.
For those with simplistic tastes and a dish that every savvy hotel chef should offer, Falesitch crafts a gratifying plate of half a clawless Maine lobster with a peppered petit filet mignon ($31).
Are we sociable creatures, as she suggests, primarily because as vulnerable, clawless critters our survival demanded that we learn to cooperate and care about one another?
Even though a Parliament without those powers would be a toothless, clawless, Scottish Lion.
The publishers are only indulging in a Brazilian sport, taking advantage of clawless laws and competent defense attorneys.
The tracks were clawless, wider than they were long, and the walking and running strides averaged nearly four feet.