Part of speech: verb

To tear or scratch as with claws; use the claws or nails.

Part of speech: noun

A sharp, curved, horny nail; a claw like part; a stroke or movement as with claws.

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Usage examples "claw":

  1. He was also the sweetest- tempered cat in the world, so that the children lived with him several years without even so much as suspecting that he had such a thing as a claw about him. - "Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children", Julian Hawthorne.
  2. Well, by and by, after a while, he saw Old Professor Jim Crow scratching his head with his claw. - "Little Jack Rabbit and the Squirrel Brothers", David Cory.
  3. Strange as it may seem, the giant, though afraid of nothing human and brave when it came to a hand- to- claw argument with a wild animal, had a very great fear of the water and the unseen life within it. - "Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold", Victor Appleton.