Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Entry: dewlaps (n.)

In context: "'His hands were no bigger than a four-year-old girl's.  It was unreal.  This massive authoritative figure, with a huge red meaty face and thick walrus mustache and dewlaps and a neck that spilled over the rim of his shirt-collar, and his hands were tiny and pink and hairless and butt-soft, delicate as shells."

Definition: Transferred to similar parts in other animals, as the loose skin under the throat of dogs, etc., the pendulous fleshy lobe or wattle of the turkey and other fowls, and humorously to pendulous folds of flesh about the human throat.

Other:  I really had to look this word up.  Dewlaps sounds like something wonderful to have - dictionaries really can be destroyers of dreams.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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