agnail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n agnail a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Agnail A corn on the toe or foot.
    • Agnail An inflammation or sore under or around the nail; also, a hangnail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agnail A corn on the toe or toot.
    • n agnail A painful swelling or sore under or about the toe- or finger-nails; a whitlow.
    • n agnail A hangnail; a small piece of partly separated skin at the root of a nail or beside it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agnail ag′nāl an inflammation round the toe- or finger-nail: a whitlow: a hangnail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. angnægl,; ange, vexation, trouble + nægel, nail. Cf. Hangnail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. angnæglang, tight, and nægl, a nail; confounded in meaning by the dictionary-makers with Fr. angonailles, blotches, sores—Low L. anguinalia, carbuncles.

Usage

In literature:

When this takes place, she revenges herself by plagues of sore-eyes, whitlows and agnails.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
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