fingernail

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Fingernails

Etymology[edit]

From finger +‎ nail. Compare Middle English nayl of fynger (fingernail) and Old English handnæġl (fingernail). Compare also Saterland Frisian Fingernail (fingernail), West Frisian fingerneil (fingernail), Dutch vingernagel (fingernail), German Fingernagel (fingernail), Danish fingernegl (fingernail), Swedish fingernagel (fingernail), Norwegian fingernegl (fingernail), Icelandic fingurnögl (fingernail).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɪŋɡɚˌneɪl/
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Noun[edit]

fingernail (plural fingernails)

  1. The hard, flat translucent covering near the tip of a human finger, useful for scratching and fine manipulation.

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