Recent Examples of mandible from the Web
Fire ants use their mandibles (jaws) just to latch on to your skin.
The discovery was rare because both the animal's mandible and a tusk were exposed to the surface, Houde said in a paper published on his website about Jude's discovery.
Elina Svitolina—who’s already won four titles year—stole victory from the mandible of defeat, beating Petra Martic after being down 2-5, 0-30 in the third set.
After Lavin complained of pain in his jaw, X-rays showed there was a hole in his mandible.
In the tunnels and on the dusty earth, termites fell by the score and warrior ants lost limbs and perished under the pincer shear of terrible mandibles.
Wood, then a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, was in South America to study trap-jaw spiders, so named for their habit of sneaking up behind prey and rapidly snapping their mandibles shut.
While Janzen can’t say if the jewel’s goo is toxic or not, the stuff can gum up the mandibles of something like an attacking ant.
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Origin and Etymology of mandible
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MANDIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mandible for English Language Learners
: either the upper or lower part of a bird's beak
: a part of an insect's mouth that looks like a jaw and is often used for biting things
MANDIBLE Defined for Kids
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