Meaning of unguis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʌŋɡwɪs/

nounplural noun ungues/ˈʌŋɡwiːz/

  • A nail, claw, or fang.

    ‘She grabbed onto my arm roughly, digging her sharp ungues into my flesh.’
    • ‘Three minutes later the male darted at the female and seized her, using the ungues and the anal forceps.’
    • ‘Those of the male fore legs have both the ungues serrate.’
    • ‘The ungues are normally paler than the main plates.’
    • ‘The important feature in this case is the membranous pad-like structure closely applied to the ventral surface of each of the ungues.’
    nail, talon


Early 18th century from Latin.