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fore·paw

 (fôr′pô′)
n.
The paw of an animal's foreleg.
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forepaw

(ˈfɔːˌpɔː)
n
(Zoology) either of the front feet of most land mammals that do not have hoofs
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fore•paw

(ˈfɔrˌpɔ, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
the paw of a foreleg.
[1815–25]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forepaw - front pawforepaw - front paw; analogous to the human hand
paw - a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped
hand - terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos); "the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union
forelimb - the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)
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Translations

forepaw

[ˈfɔːpɔː] N [of cat, lion] → zarpa f; [of dog, wolf] → uña f
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forepaw

nVorderpfote f
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References in classic literature ?
From the opening crawled John Mortonson's cat, which lazily leapt to the floor, sat up, tranquilly wiped its crimson muzzle with a forepaw, then walked with dignity from the room.
Scrambling to his feet, Numa looked about quickly in all directions, as though seeking to detect the possible presence of other foes; but only the still and unconscious form of the girl, lying a few paces from him met his gaze, and with an angry growl he placed a forepaw upon the body of his kill and raising his head gave voice to his savage victory cry.
A great forepaw caught him a glancing blow at the hips--just grazing him.
They found in it the forepaw of a beaver, the sight of which tantalized their hunger, and added to their dejection.
But (and it is a great evil) he is in the power of the Bandar-log, and they, because they live in trees, have no fear of any of our people." Bagheera licked one forepaw thoughtfully.
He attempted to stand up and to rest his forepaws on Skipper's voice coming out of the darkness, as he would have rested his forepaws on Skipper's leg had he been near.
So saying, he pointed to the little goat, who, on seeing Charmolue gesticulating, had, in point of fact, thought it appropriate to do the same, and had seated himself on his haunches, reproducing to the best of his ability, with his forepaws and his bearded head the pathetic pantomine of the king's procurator in the ecclesiastical court.
He then climbed the bank close to where the captain was concealed, and, rearing himself on his hind quarters, in a sitting position, put his forepaws against a young pine tree, and began to cut the bark with his teeth.
With his hand on his saddlebow, he was ready to dismount and stab the wolf, when she suddenly thrust her head up from among that mass of dogs, and then her forepaws were on the edge of the gully.
So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.
So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close, and waving their forepaws to mark the time, while the Mock Turtle sang this, very slowly and sadly:--
For answer came the menacing growl of a panther, and the fellow found himself gazing into the flaming eyes of Sheeta, who had raised himself with his forepaws upon the bow of the boat, ready to leap in upon the occupants of the other craft.