maw

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noun \ˈmȯ\

Definition of maw

  1. 1 :  the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing:a :  stomachb :  crop

  2. 2a :  the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animal <the gaping maw of the tiger>b :  something suggestive of a gaping maw <the dark maw of the cave>

Examples of maw in a sentence

  1. the gaping maw of the tiger

Origin and Etymology of maw

Middle English, from Old English maga; akin to Old High German mago stomach, Lithuanian makas purse


First Known Use: before 12th century


MAW Defined for English Language Learners

maw

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noun \ˈmȯ\

Definition of maw for English Language Learners

  • : the mouth, jaws, or throat of an animal



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