Dewlap meaning

do͝olăp, dyo͝o-
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A loose fold of skin hanging from the throat of cattle and certain other animals, or a similar loose fold under the chin of a person.
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A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of certain animals.
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A pendulous part similar to this, such as the wattle of a bird.
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A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of certain animals.
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A pendulous part similar to this, such as the wattle of a bird.
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A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of a person.
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A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of a person.
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The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing, or a similar feature on any other animal.
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The sagging flesh on the human throat of an old person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dewlap
Plural:
dewlaps

Origin of dewlap

  • Middle English dewlappe dew of unknown meaning (akin to Danish and Norwegian dog-) (in Danish doglæb) (Norwegian doglæp dewlap) lappe fold lap2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dew, of unknown meaning and origin, + Old English læppa (“a loose hanging piece”)

    From Wiktionary