1. a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal.
  2. any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards.


  1. a loose fold of skin hanging from beneath the throat in cattle, dogs, etc
  2. loose skin on an elderly person’s throat

mid-14c., dewe lappe, from lappe “loose piece” (Old English læppa), first element of unknown origin or meaning. Originally of cattle.

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