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Pavo cristatus
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Paw definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAW, n. [L. pes, pedis; Eng. foot.]
1. The foot of beasts of prey having claws, as the lion, the tiger, the dog, cat, etc. Leviticus 11.
2. The hand; in contempt.
PAW, v.i. To draw the fore foot along the ground; to scrape with the fore foot; as a fiery horse, pawing with his hoof.
He paweth in the valley. Job 39.
PAW, v.t. To scrape with the fore foot.
His hot courser paw'd th' Hungarian plain.
1. To handle roughly; to scratch.
2. To fawn; to flatter.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped
2: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn: hand, manus, mitt, paw] v
1: scrape with the paws; "The bear pawed the door"
2: touch clumsily; "The man tried to paw her"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe Date: 14th century 1. the foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly the foot of an animal 2. a human hand especially when large or clumsy II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to touch or strike at with a paw 2. to feel or touch clumsily, rudely, or sexually 3. to scrape or beat with or as if with a hoof 4. to flail at or grab for wildly intransitive verb 1. to beat or scrape something with or as if with a hoof 2. to touch or strike with a paw 3. to feel or touch someone or something clumsily, rudely, or sexually 4. to flail or grab wildly 5. to search especially carelessly or roughly <pawed through the box of discount items>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a foot of an animal having claws or nails. 2 colloq. a person's hand. --v. 1 tr. strike or scrape with a paw or foot. 2 intr. scrape the ground with a paw or hoof. 3 tr. colloq. fondle awkwardly or indecently. Etymology: ME pawe, powe f. OF poue etc. ult. f. Frank.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paw Paw (p[add]), n. [OE. pawe, poue, OF. poe: cf. patte, LG. pote, D. poot, G. pfote.] 1. The foot of a quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc. 2. The hand. [Jocose] --Dryden. Paw clam (Zo["o]l.), the tridacna; -- so called because shaped like an animal's paw.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paw Paw, v. i. To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot. --Job xxxix. 21.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paw Paw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pawed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pawing.] 1. To pass the paw over; to stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or rudely. 2. To scrape or beat with the forefoot. His hot courser pawed the Hungarian plane. --Tickell.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(paws, pawing, pawed) 1. The paws of an animal such as a cat, dog, or bear are its feet, which have claws for gripping things and soft pads for walking on. The kitten was black with white front paws and a white splotch on her chest... N-COUNT: oft with poss 2. You can describe someone's hand as their paw, especially if it is very large or if they are very clumsy. (mainly HUMOROUS, INFORMAL) He shook Keaton's hand with his big paw. N-COUNT: oft poss N, adj N 3. If an animal paws something, it draws its foot over it or down it. Madigan's horse pawed the ground... The dogs continued to paw and claw frantically at the chain mesh. VERB: V n, V at n 4. If one person paws another, they touch or stroke them in a way that the other person finds offensive. Stop pawing me, Giles!... He pawed at my jacket with his free hand. VERB: V n, V at n [disapproval]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

po (kaph, literally, "palm," yadh, literally, "hand"): The former (kaph) is applied to the soft paws of animals in contradistinction to the hoofs (Le 11:27); the latter is thrice used in 1Sa 17:37: "Yahweh that delivered me out of the paw (yadh) of the lion, and out of the paw (yadh) of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand (yadh) of this Philistine." The verb "to paw" (chaphar) is found in the description of the horse: "He paweth (margin "they paw") in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth out to meet the armed men (margin, "the weapons")" (Job 39:21). The word is usually translated "to delve into," "to pry into," "to explore."

H. L. E. Luering

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Foot (of beasts with claws). 2. Hand (in contempt).

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A hand or foot; look at his dirty paws. Fore paw; the hand. Hind paw; the foot. To paw; to touch or handle clumsily.

Moby Thesaurus

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