Dewberry to Diadem
(Dew"ber`ry) n. (Bot.) (a) The fruit of certain species of bramble (Rubus); in England, the
fruit of R. cæsius, which has a glaucous bloom; in America, that of R. canadensis and R. hispidus, species
of low blackberries. (b) The plant which bears the fruit.
Feed him with apricots and dewberries.Shak.
(Dew"claw`) n. In any animal, esp. of the Herbivora, a rudimentary claw or small hoof not
reaching the ground.
Some cut off the dewclaws [of greyhounds].J. H. Walsh.
(Dew"drop`) n. A drop of dew. Shak.
(Dew"fall`) n. The falling of dew; the time when dew begins to fall.
(Dew"i*ness) n. State of being dewy.
(Dew"lap`) n. [Dew + lap to lick.]
1. The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing.
2. The flesh upon the human throat, especially when with age. [Burlesque]
On her withered dewlap pour the ale.Shak.
(Dew"lapped`) a. Furnished with a dewlap.
(Dew"less), a. Having no dew. Tennyson.
(Dew"-point`) n. (Meteor.) The temperature at which dew begins to form. It varies with the
humidity and temperature of the atmosphere.
(Dew"ret`) v. t. [Dew + ret, v. t.] To ret or rot by the process called dewretting.
(Dew"ret`ting), n. Dewrotting; the process of decomposing the gummy matter of flax and
hemp and setting the fibrous part, by exposure on a sward to dew, rain, and sunshine.
(Dew"rot`) v. t. To rot, as flax or hemp, by exposure to rain, dew, and sun. See Dewretting.
(Dew"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) See Earthworm.
1. Pertaining to dew; resembling, consisting of, or moist with, dew.
A dewy mistMilton.
Went and watered all the ground.
When dewy eve her curtain draws.Keble.
2. Falling gently and beneficently, like the dew.
Dewy sleep ambrosial.Cowper.
3. (Bot.) Resembling a dew-covered surface; appearing as if covered with dew.
(Dex"ter) a. [L.,; akin to Gr. Skr. dakshia (cf. daksh to be strong, suit); Goth. taihswa, OHG.
zeso. Cf. Dexterous.]