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claw

claw

 
 
pronunciation:
klaw
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slender, sharp, usu. curved nail on the foot of an animal.
 
synonyms:
talon, unguis
similar words:
nail, pounce
definition 2: a pincerlike appendage on a crustacean or insect.
a crab's claw
synonyms:
chela, pincers
definition 3: any object that is similar to a claw in appearance or function.
similar words:
arm, hook, pincers, talon
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: clawed, clawing, claws
definition 1: to scratch, tear, dig, or pull with or as if with claws.
The cat clawed the boy's hand.The woman clawed her attacker's face.
synonyms:
scratch
similar words:
dig, gouge, lacerate, rip, scrape, tear
definition 2: to move along by use of claws or as if with claws.
The burglar clawed his way over the steep roof.You have to claw your way to the top in this industry.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to scratch, tear, dig, or pull something with or as if with claws.
That cat might claw, so be careful.
synonyms:
scratch
similar words:
tear
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derivations: clawless (adj.), clawer (n.)
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