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n. pl. un·gues (-gwēz)
1. Zoology A nail, claw, or hoof.
2. Botany The clawlike base of some petals.

[Latin; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -gues (-ɡwiːz)
1. (Biology) a nail, claw, or hoof, or the part of the digit giving rise to it
2. (Botany) the clawlike base of certain petals
[C18: from Latin]
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(ˈʌŋ gwɪs)

n., pl. -gues (-gwēz).
1. a nail, claw, or hoof.
2. the clawlike base of certain petals.
[1685–95; < Latin unguis; see nail]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unguis - any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
hoof - the horny covering of the end of the foot in ungulate mammals
claw - sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
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Telotasi: ungues well developed and strongly curved, with ventrointernal and ventroexternal spines, each ending in a seta-shaped tip; since the material is poorly preserved most of the tips of these spines are broken, and spinal apices are generally blunt.
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Thus the title page of the 1510, Paris edition presents the Cornucopia first and foremost as an Opus Commentariorum Ungues Tatinae ('a work of commentaries on the Latin language'), while Martial is mentioned only halfway down the page.' (60) As Martine Furno notes, thirty-eight editions of the Cornucopia appeared between 1489 and 1536, and some of these had made their way into Scottish hands.
Dorsal ungual tooth minute, inserted at base of ungues; lateral teeth inconspicuous, ending on basal quarter.
120: 'En manus incipient rigescere, pedes frigescere, ungues nigrescere, facies pallescere, visus obumbrari, oculi profundari, intuitus reversari, horribilis per omnia fieri.'
ilia novos ibat populate penates portarum in bivio; lateri duo corpora parvum dependent, et iam unca manus vitalibus haeret ferratique ungues tenero sub corde tepescunt: obvius huic.
quid tibi nunc rnolles prodest coluisse capillos saepeque mutatas disposuisse comas, quid fuco splendente genas ornare, quid ungues artificis docta subsecuisse manu?