American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of certain animals.
- n. A pendulous part similar to this, such as the wattle of a bird.
- n. A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of a person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. The flesh on the human throat when flaccid with age.
- n. The large median fleshy fold or single wattle of the domestic turkey.
- n. plural In heraldry, same as wattles.
- n. A brand or ownership-mark on the dewlap of an animal.
- n. The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing, or a similar feature on any other animal.
- n. The sagging flesh on the human throat of an old person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing.
- n. Burlesque The flesh upon the human throat, especially when with age.
- n. a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck
- Middle English dewlappe : dew, of unknown meaning (akin to Danish and Norwegian dog-, in Danish doglæb and Norwegian doglæp, dewlap) + lappe, fold; see lap2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The moose has a very thick, strong neck from which hangs a long, round flap of skin and hair called a dewlap, or bell.”
“This species differs in some particulars from the domesticated Gayal, and also from the Asseel, or true Gayal; first, in size, being a larger animal than the domestic one; secondly, in the largeness of the dewlap, which is deeper and more undulated than in either the wild or tame species; and, thirdly, in the size and form of the horns. ”
“dewlap," three or four inches of the loose skin under the throat skinned down and left hanging.”
“Bull moose have been observed contorting their bodies in order to urinate on their dewlap, thereby soaking it in their pheromone-rich urine.”
“I remember a Dick Tracy newspaper cartoon plot involving an obese criminal who had snaps put in his flesh so he could hide a handgun in his dewlap.”
“We saw his grizzled mustache, the bald spot on his head, the puff-sacks under his eyes, the sagging cheeks, the heavy dewlap, the general tiredness and staleness and fatness, all the collapse and ruin of a man who had once been strong but who had lived too easily and too well.”
“These three eyed reptiles also have a large loose flap of skin under their chin called a dewlap.”
“It has many blood vessels running through its thin skin and therefore, on a hot day, the iguana can get in the shade and stick out its dewlap to let the body heat escape; on a cold day, it can bathe in the sun and stick out its dewlap to absorb as much of the sun rays as possible.”
“Is not the dewlap of the ox inscrutable? the mane of the lion? the tusks of the boar? the musk-sack of the deer?”
“Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.”
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