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1. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
a. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
b. One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
c. A limb terminating in such a structure.
3. Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
4. Botany A narrowed, stalklike basal part of a petal, sepal, or bract.
tr. & intr.v. clawed, claw·ing, claws
To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.

[Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu.]

clawed adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.clawed - having or resembling a claw or claws; often used as a combining form; "sharp-clawed"
unguiculate, unguiculated - having or resembling claws or nails; "unguiculate animals"; "an unguiculate flower petal"
2.clawed - (of predatory animals) armed with claws or talons
armed - (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns
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References in classic literature ?
He abandoned his pursuit of the two Folk and sprang up the bluff toward the rest of us, clawing at the crumbling rock and snarling as he clawed his upward way.
He was a withered-faced man, whose face-lines, deep and vertical, looked as if they had been clawed there by some beast other than himself.
The lion-and-tiger man, who had clawed his own face with the beast-claws of his nature, whimpered protest when he saw his employer's preparation to enter Hannibal's cage; for the preparation consisted merely in equipping himself with a broom- handle.
He now thought only of tearing to ribbons with his powerful talons the flesh of his antagonist, of burying his long, yellow fangs in the soft, smooth hide of the ape-man, but Tarzan had fought before with clawed creatures of the jungle.
There was a garret above, pierced with a scuttle over his head; and down through this scuttle came a cat, suspended around the haunches by a string; she had a rag tied about her head and jaws to keep her from mewing; as she slowly descended she curved upward and clawed at the string, she swung downward and clawed at the intangible air.
He was growing angry, as he clawed back, though he was not conscious of it.