mandible

noun
man·​di·​ble | \ ˈman-də-bəl How to pronounce mandible (audio) \

Definition of mandible

1a : jaw sense 1a especially : a lower jaw consisting of a single bone or of completely fused bones
b : the lower jaw with its investing soft parts
c : either the upper or lower segment of the bill of a bird
2 : any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials especially : either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws

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Other Words from mandible

mandibular \ man-​ˈdi-​byə-​lər How to pronounce mandibular (audio) \ adjective
mandibulate \ man-​ˈdi-​byə-​lət How to pronounce mandibulate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mandible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The museum currently has a right mandible from a right whale, which was found in 1907. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The fossil, a mandible for chewing, was first discovered in 1980 by a monk. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tibetan Bone Discovery Rewrites Ancient History," 6 May 2019 Prior research showed that the zombification might be due to the release of a special chemical that causes the muscles in the infected ants' mandibles to contract forcefully for that death-grip bite. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds," 17 July 2019 Scientists have been studying the mandible (and the area where it was discovered) since 2010. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tibetan Bone Discovery Rewrites Ancient History," 6 May 2019 Plenty of ants have mandibles that quickly snap shut, but the Dracula ant's appeared to work differently. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Dracula Ant's Lightning Mandibles Make It the Fastest Animal in the World," 12 Dec. 2018 Despite its small size, the Niah Cave mandible is very robust, especially at points where chewing muscles attach and at the base of the molars, which means this person did a lot of tough chewing. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "30,000-year-old jawbone records tough diet in Pleistocene Southeast Asia," 6 June 2018 The jawbone is part of an adult mandible, but its height points to a person of short stature and small body size. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "30,000-year-old jawbone records tough diet in Pleistocene Southeast Asia," 6 June 2018 Why does the Falcon have a gap between its front mandibles? Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of mandible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mandible

Middle English, from Late Latin mandibula, from Latin mandere to chew; probably akin to Greek masasthai to chew

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mandible

noun
How to pronounce mandible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandible

: 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

noun
man·​di·​ble | \ ˈman-də-bəl How to pronounce mandible (audio) \

Kids Definition of mandible

1 : a lower jaw often with its soft parts
2 : either the upper or lower part of the bill of a bird
3 : either of a pair of mouth parts of some invertebrates (as an insect) that are usually used for biting

mandible

noun
man·​di·​ble | \ ˈman-də-bəl How to pronounce mandible (audio) \

Medical Definition of mandible

1a : jaw sense 1 especially : jaw sense 1b
b : the lower jaw with its investing soft parts
2 : any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials especially : either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws

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