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clutch

the number of eggs (usually only of birds) produced in a single laying period.

clutch,

n a device made for gripping the teeth in a dental arch, to which face-bows or tracing devices may be attached rigidly enough to behave in space relations during the movements as if they were jaw outgrowths.

clutch

1. the number of eggs laid by a hen on consecutive days in an uninterrupted series. Clutch lengths vary from 2 to 6 days but may be as many as 360.
2. a setting of eggs.
3. a group of chickens hatched by a hen from a setting of eggs.
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A hundred feet beneath lay jagged granite boulders at the brink of a frightful chasm upon which the tower abutted; and if not upon the boulders, then at the chasm's bottom, lay death, should a foot slip but once, or clutching fingers loose their hold for the fraction of an instant.
He stayed only to gulp down the remainder of his soup, and then ran along the swaying passage and, clutching tightly, down the ladder to the little gallery.
In utter darkness he flew through space, clutching outward for a hold should his feet miss the invisible ledge.
The faint light that filtered in from above showed him a large, low-ceiled vault from which several doorways led off into inky darkness, but there was no need to thread an unknown way, for there before him lay the objects of his search--the mad brute had the girl upon the floor, and gorilla-like fingers were clutching frantically at her throat as she struggled to escape the fury of the awful thing upon her.
He slipped back out of sight, but as he disappeared I could see him clutching for a grip on the wall with one hand, and with the other clutching at his throat.
In vain, when freed, did Ponta try to avoid the clutching arms and twining body.