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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.
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Forced out of the Regency final after damaging a dew-claw, Greenacre Lin made a fine return to the track last week, winning a decent contest at Wimbledon with some ease.
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Just as I was trying to snatch a bite to eat, I received two calls in quick succession about dogs that had broken overlong dew-claws, leaving them sore and bleeding.