dew|claw

dew|claw
dew|claw «DOO KL, DYOO-», noun.
1. a small, useless inner claw or toe in some dogs and other animals; not reaching the ground in walking.
2. the false hoof of deer, hogs, and other hoofed mammals, consisting of two rudimentary toes.

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