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A sharp, slender, usually curved nail on the toe of an animal.
[L. clavus, a nail]
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1. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
a. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
b. One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
c. A limb terminating in such a structure.
tr. & intr.v. clawed, clawing, claws
To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.

clawed adj.
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The publishers are only indulging in a Brazilian sport, taking advantage of clawless laws and competent defense attorneys.
The tracks were clawless, wider than they were long, and the walking and running strides averaged nearly four feet.
Pereopods PI-PIV are rigid and front-facing and have abundant setae for helping with filter feeding (dactyls PI-PIV are clawless); pereopods V-VII are sturdy and short, indicating ambulatory function (PV and PVI dactyls with claw).
The clawless crabs were provided with 6 ribbed mussels (3 in the 30-mm size class and 3 in the 40-mm size class), 3 scorched mussels (Brachidontes exustus), and 3 acorn barnacles for 48 h.
The Black Cats may be clawless just now, a lack of confidence imbuing in them anxiety in the penalty box, which has forced a plethora of opportunities to be eschewed, they have at least salvaged compensation in the shape of defensive resolve.
Unfortunately, the track is isolated, so whether the animal's left footprint was clawless is unknown.
Bruce will know his Black Cats are clawless, and the raw numbers confirm that they are the wonkiest shooters in the tier - just 35 efforts on target all term.
They're far superior in flavor and texture to the clawless spiny and slipper lobsters of southern waters.
The lemur-like skeleton features primate-like characteristics, including grasping hands, opposable thumbs, clawless digits with nails, and relatively short limbs.
Using a good field guide, even a beginner can quickly learn to recognize common mammal prints, such as the deer's (side-by-side teardrops) and the house cat's (the size and shape of a quarter, and clawless because cats retract their claws).
Two years ago she picked up an Oscar for Monster's Ball - now she's appearing in this clawless action flick.
Yesterday ``Tiger Tim'' was ``Tabby Tim'', a toothless, clawless, at times clueless imitation of the man his army of fans hoped and prayed could become the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.