DEWLAP (from the O.E. lceppa, a lappet, or
See also:fold; the first syllable is of doubtful origin and the popular explanation that the word means " the fold which brushes the
See also:dew " is not
See also:borne out, according to the New
See also:Dictionary, by the
See also:equivalent words such as the Danish doglaeb, in Scandinavian
See also:languages), the loose fold of skin hanging from the
See also:neck of
See also:cattle, also applied to similar folds in the necks of other animals and fowls, as the
See also:turkey, &c . The
See also:American practice of branding cattle by making a cut in the neck is known as a " dewlap brand." The skin of the neck in human beings often becomes pendulous with age, and is sometimes referred to humorously by the same name .
THOMAS WILMER DEWING (1851- )
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