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dewlap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dewlap a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dewlap The flesh upon the human throat, especially when with age. "On her withered dewlap pour the ale."
    • Dewlap The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dewlap The fold of skin that hangs from the throat of oxen and cows; hence, the pendulous skin under the throat of some other animals, as dogs.
    • n dewlap The flesh on the human throat when flaccid with age.
    • n dewlap The large median fleshy fold or single wattle of the domestic turkey.
    • n dewlap plural In heraldry, same as wattles.
    • n dewlap A brand or ownership-mark on the dewlap of an animal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dewlap dū′lap the pendulous skin under the throat of oxen, dogs, &c.: the fleshy wattle of the turkey
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dew, + lap, to lick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. dew and A.S. læppa, a loose hanging piece.

Usage

In literature:

The dewlap was peculiar, being divided between its fore-legs into parallel divisions.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
His throat bagged with flabby dewlaps.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Now I've bought chickens from Mr. Dewlap for forty years.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
The sternum is covered by a continuation of the dewlap.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
Then the priest came out of church, fat, dewlapped, greasy, very short of breath, but benevolent.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
In both conditions a considerable swelling of the dewlap may be noticed in the later stages.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Is not the dewlap of the ox inscrutable?
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Get ap, Dobbin and Dewlap!
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
Both breeds were large and heavy, with pendulous ears and thick throats with dewlaps.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
There should be no dewlap in this breed.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
All the loose-skinned sheep had large dewlaps.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
It was the two dewlaps that fell from chin to throat.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
There is also a large dewlap, while old bulls have a thick forelock.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
The dewlaps should have a curl on either side, or none.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
Then what sense is there in blistering, bleeding, and inserting setons in the dewlap?
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The outer part of the dewlap was pale orange, and the median part was pinkish blue.
"Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala" by William E. Duellman
About once in so long a tiny spasm of the muscles would contract the dewlap under his chin.
"Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2" by John Wilson Townsend
The cows are generally white, with large dewlaps hanging down to their knees, hair like silk, and wide horns.
"The Life and Adventures of Bruce, the African Traveller" by Francis Head
The mid-rib or dewlap under the chin is about 6 mm.
"The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley" by Harlan Ingersoll Smith
The dewlap of the ox and the comb of the cock are similar defensive weapons.
"The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
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In poetry:

The dim brown fields shall seem to sleep
Self-shadowed; mist shall here and there
Lie white in pools, where dewlap-deep
Great kine shall loom i' the twilight air.
"Cock-Crow" by William Canton
And this dog was satisfied
If a pale thin hand would glide
Down his dewlaps sloping, —
Which he pushed his nose within,
After, — platforming his chin
On the palm left open.
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

Brahmans, known for the hump on their back and their wrinkled dewlaps, are tropical cattle, able to withstand heat and repel insects.
The floodwaters nestled the arc of their udders, but no higher -- dewlaps, flanks, even the tips of the briskets, dry.
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