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flews (flooz) plural noun

The pendulous corners of the upper lip of certain dogs, such as the bloodhound.

[Origin unknown.]

"That lesson is implicit in these 15 essays, each stressing the value of preserving every species. (Richard) Conniff assembles a rogue's gallery of unlikely candidates for environmentalists' zeal: the sloth, grizzly, bat, bloodhound (with his slobbery flews), mouse, weasel, shark, porcupine and mole." David Walton, Essays ponder beasts whose beauty isn't obvious, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 22 Nov 1998.

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