Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing.
  • n. The flesh upon the human throat, especially when with age.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck

Etymologies

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)

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  • "...I would have a DEWLAP!" -Tom Servo

    May 11, 2009