Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
  2. (noun, artifact) a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  3. (noun, animal) a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
  4. (noun, animal) a bird's foot
  5. (verb, motion) move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
  6. (verb, contact) clutch as if in panic
  7. (verb, contact) scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
  8. (verb, communication) attack as if with claws

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Claw

chela, hook, nipper, pincer

Origin of the word Claw

  1. O.E. clawu, from P.Gmc. *klawo, from PIE *g(e)l-eu- from base *gel- "to make round, clench." The verb is from O.E. clawian. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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