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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.
References in classic literature ?
The paw, with rigid claws curving like talons, shot under the tender belly and came back with a swift ripping movement.
With a nervous, shrinking paw, One Eye stretched out the porcupine to its full length and turned it over on its back.
"Take off your wigs, and lay them humbly at his paws." (What we should call "at his feet.")
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!
She could hear the great padded paws upon the ground outside.
Well-worn pathways, molded by padded paws, led through the cavernous windows or doorways of a few of the ruins we passed, and once we saw the savage face of a great, black-maned lion scowling down upon us from a shattered stone balcony.
So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door, knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me, children, your dear little mother has come home, and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother.' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white, they believed that all he said was true, and opened the door.
Grasping the tree's stem with his powerful paws he dragged down with all the great weight of his huge bulk and all the irresistible force of those mighty muscles.
I saw now why the great brute was armed with such enormous paws. The use that he was putting them to was precisely that for which nature had intended them.
Oh, my poor son Thomas!" exclaimed Tabitha, wringing her paws.
He pushed it in front of him with his paws, like a brewer's man trundling a barrel.
Indeed, as she stood beside the rabbit, who sat upon his hind legs and used his paws as hands, her head was just about as high as his own.