Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Claws, a popular name for the chelae of the crab, lobster, etc., more properly applied to the epidermic tips of the digits in the lower vertebrates, corresponding to the nails in man. These may be weapons of offence, as in the cats; digging instrument, as in the armadillo; or means of support, as in bats and sloths.