- The definition of a claw is a sharp, pointed nail or anything resembling a claw.
- An example of a claw is the nail of a hawk.
- An example of a claw is the large appendage of a crab.
- An example of a claw is the gripping end of a hammer.
- To claw is to grab or tear using the nails on a hand or foot.
An example of claw is a dog trying to climb up its owner leg instead of going into a bath.
A close up of the claws on a bears paw.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a sharp, hooked or curved horny structure, or nail, on the foot of a bird and of many reptiles and mammals
- a foot with such structures at its end
- the pincers, or chela, of a lobster, crab, scorpion, etc., or on the limb of certain insects
- anything resembling or regarded as a claw: the claw of a hammer
Origin: Middle English claue ; from Old English clawu ; from Indo-European an unverified form g(e)l-eu- ; from base an unverified form gel-, to make round, clench (as a fist) from source cling, clamp, climb
- clawed adjective
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- A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- a. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or other arthropod.b. A limb terminating in such a structure.
- Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
- Botany The narrowed, stalklike basal part of certain petals or sepals.
Origin: Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu.
- clawed clawed adjective
claw - Science Definition
- A sharp, curved nail at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- A pincer, as of a lobster or crab, used for grasping.
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