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paw

(pô)
n.
The foot of an animal, especially a quadruped, that has claws or nails.
v. pawed, pawing, paws
v.tr.
1. To feel or strike with the paw or paws.
2. To strike or scrape with a beating motion: The bull pawed the ground before charging.
v.intr.
To scrape the ground with the forefeet: The horse pawed restlessly.

paw′er n.

paw

foot; especially of carnivores and other digitigrade animals.

paw and mouth disease
see paw and mouth disease.
References in classic literature ?
I have obeyed the Law of the Jungle, and there is no wolf of ours from whose paws I have not pulled a thorn.
Then Ferko recognised the mouse whose front paws he had healed, and replied, 'Alas I how can you help me in a matter that is beyond any human power
I didn't bite him," said the Lion, as he rubbed his nose with his paw where Dorothy had hit it.
Again and again the lioness repeated these tactics, until finally the horrified prisoner within saw a portion of the lattice give way, and in an instant one great paw and the head of the animal were thrust within the room.
By a quick side step, Tarzan eluded the first swinging clutch of the lion's paws.
Twice he leaped high enough to catch the lowest branches with his paws, but both times he fell backward to the earth.
She met his onslaught with one contemptuous sweep of her capable paw.
There might be opportunity for a deft and ripping thrust of paw into the tender, unguarded belly.
Releasing my hold upon the ivy, I dropped the re-maining distance to the ground, saved from laceration only because the lion's paw struck the thick stem of ivy.
The way Dinah washed her children's faces was this: first she held the poor thing down by its ear with one paw, and then with the other paw she rubbed its face all over, the wrong way, beginning at the nose: and just now, as I said, she was hard at work on the white kitten, which was lying quite still and trying to purr--no doubt feeling that it was all meant for its good.
At the cheerful tinkle of the gold, the Fox unconsciously held out his paw that was supposed to be lame, and the Cat opened wide his two eyes till they looked like live coals, but he closed them again so quickly that Pinocchio did not notice.
De Ville had a quick temper, as quick as his hand, and his hand was as quick as the paw of a tiger.