Recent Examples on the WebAn international team of researchers from China, Spain and the United Kingdom unearthed the skull — specifically the mandible, or lower jaw — in the Hualongdong region of eastern China in 2015, along with 15 other specimens, all thought to originate from the late Middle Pleistocene period.—Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 10 Aug. 2023 When the mandible was discovered, it was still encased in a hard travertine block and only partially exposed.—Brian Anthony Keeling, The Conversation, 2 May 2023 Face, eye socket, jaw, mandible broken.—Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2023 His liver was also pierced by one of his rib bones, and his right knee, right ankle, left leg tibia, left ankle, right clavicle, right shoulder, eye socket, and jaw mandible were broken.—Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 29 Mar. 2023 At some point during his stay, the monk found a strange mandible — a single length of jawbone studded with a handful of enormous molars.—Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 17 Jan. 2022 Following up on a Denisovan mandible found in Tibet in 2019, a Denisovan molar was recently discovered in Laos.—Ryan McRae and Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2022 Writing in Nature in May, a separate team announced that a partial mandible, or jawbone, found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau, came from a Denisovan.—Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2019 The bees soon cut several holes in the leaves of each plant using their mandibles and proboscises.—Jim Daley, Scientific American, 21 May 2020 See More
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Middle English, from Late Latin mandibula, from Latin mandere to chew; probably akin to Greek masasthai to chew