Meaning of dewlap in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdjuːlap/

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  • A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck or throat of an animal, especially that present in many cattle.

    ‘Exposed skin of the ceres, dewlaps, horns, bills or legs may be brightly colored red or blue.’
    • ‘In tree lizards, the male morphs are represented by differences in the coloration of the dewlap (throat fan) used in social communication.’
    • ‘Wattle, OT congenital cervical tragus, is a term coined by Clarke1 to describe an unusual skin appendage found on the neck analogous to growths on the dewlaps of birds (turkeys, roosters, etc).’
    • ‘Common sites of injection in birds include the wing web, wattle, dewlap, and interdigitary skin.’
    • ‘Burchell's zebras can be distinguished from mountain zebras by the possession of ‘shadow stripes’ on the back and hindquarters, and the absence of a dewlap.’
    • ‘Since 1960 the Southeast Asian nation has claimed the kouprey - an ox with spectacular crescent-shaped horns and a dewlap under its chin - as its national symbol.’
    • ‘They have a large dewlap or fatty lump on the back of the neck which, among other things, is useful for stopping the yoke from slipping off.’
    • ‘The creature which is purely Indian is hump-backed, long horned, and sports a large dewlap.’
    • ‘They're the bright, neon-green iguanas of mainland South America, garish, streetwise cousins of the clean-living marine iguanas of the Galápagos, with dangling dewlaps and a decadent string of fringe down their backs.’
    • ‘Dad was about five-foot-eight of brown-haired game show loser, a sausage-eating mutt in his mid-thirties, growing dewlaps and a gut, dressed in shorts and a Six Flags Over Georgia T-shirt.’
    • ‘Double chins and dewlaps, dimpled knees and canyon cleavages jiggle and shimmer in the harsh glare of the stage lights.’
    • ‘I assure you that I make it a point to smile at least twice daily - to keep the dewlap under control.’
    • ‘Androgen treatment of adult female tree lizards has also revealed potential genotypes underlying dewlap color in this species.’
    • ‘In this species, males exhibit one of three ARTs that are correlated with variation in dewlap color.’
    • ‘Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.’


Middle English from dew and lap, perhaps influenced by a Scandinavian word (compare with Danish doglæp).