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dew·claw

 (do͞o′klô′, dyo͞o′-)
n.
A short digit that does not reach the ground, found on the feet of dogs and certain other mammals.

[Perhaps dew + claw.]

dewclaw

(ˈdjuːˌklɔː)
n
1. (Zoology) a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2. (Zoology) an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc
ˈdewˌclawed adj

dew•claw

(ˈduˌklɔ, ˈdyu-)

n.
1. a functionless claw on some dogs that does not reach the ground in walking.
2. an analogous false hoof, as of deer.
[1570–80; compare dewlap]
dew′clawed`, adj.

dew·claw

(do͞o′klô′)
1. A small, useless, inner claw or toe in some dogs and other animals that does not reach the ground in walking.
2. The false hoof of deer, hogs, and other hoofed mammals, consisting of two toes.
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Assuming a normal pregnancy and delivery, I will start with recommending removal of the dewclaws and docking the tails if necessary at two or three days of age.
For many years the prevailing wisdom was retrievers ought to have their dewclaws removed, lest they become snagged on debris en route to a downed mallard.
As I was holding him around the neck, it didn't take long before his razor sharp dewclaws ripped into my skin.
Fibroblasts obtained from the tail tip and dewclaws of male (Mp) and female poodles (Fp) were used as donor cells (Figure 2).
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The exhibition also features objects from the Pacific Northwest including: an Aluet overcoat made from mammal intestines and dyed esophagus circa 1824-27; a plant fiber basket made in the Puget Sound region, possibly by Twana, prior to 1832; a man's shirt, possibly Nez Perce in the Columbia Plateau region, made from leather, horsehair, quills, wool, beads and deer dewclaws, circa 1840.
Upon locating the bruiser's hoof print, we can measure the length, width and, if present, even the distance between dewclaws.
While squatting, the rear feet of a doe pitch outward much more than usual and the dewclaws on the rear feet show up clearly.