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A.Word.A.Day--dewlap

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This week's theme: words for odds and ends.

dewlap (DOO-lap, DYOO-lap) noun

A loose fold of skin hanging under the neck of an animal such as cow, rooster, lizard, etc. On birds, this appendage is also known as a wattle.

[From Middle English dewlappe; dew, of unknown origin and meaning + lap (fold).]

See more usage examples of dewlap in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Gore is rather more bearish than the last time I saw him, but still handsome, his leonine head beginning to soften with dewlaps, his fiercely intelligent eyes surrounded by innumerable wrinkles." Erica Jong; Into the Lion's Den: Visiting Gore Vidal is No Small Undertaking; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 26, 2000.

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