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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 ?
With its fore-legs it pawed the sand of the arena till the dust rose all about it.
He pawed over his food-scraps, debated, then drew a twelve-ounce druggist bottle from his inside coat-pocket.
Captain Crawley of the Life Guards rode up from Knightsbridge Barracks the next day; his black charger pawed the straw before his invalid aunt's door.