nails or claws? claws or pincers?

Status
Not open for further replies.

curiousmarcus

Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2016
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Tagalog
Home Country
Philippines
Current Location
Philippines
For animals, do you refer to the nails as nails or claws in casual conversation?

Cat's nails or cat's claws?

Kitten's nails or kitten's claws?

Dog's nails or dog's claws?

Puppy's nails or puppy's claws?

How about crabs and lobsters? Is it claws or pincers in casual conversation?
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Cats have claws. So do dogs. For crabs and lobsters I think you can use either claws or pincers.
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
Not many animals have nails, the thin, horny covering on the fingers and toes. Only primates have.
 

Raymott

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2008
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
English
Home Country
Australia
Current Location
Australia
Birds of prey have talons.
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
'Pincers' is rarely heard. Click here and then change lobster to crab in the search box.
 

Skrej

Key Member
Joined
May 11, 2015
Member Type
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Technicalities aside, with dogs and cats (and puppies and kittens), you'll hear both nails and claws used, especially colloquially. In fact, you usually buy pet nail trimmers. However, we refer to getting cats declawed, not denailed.

With larger, wilder animals, I think most people would use the term claws.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top