maw

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noun \ˈmȯ\

Definition of maw

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

  2. 2 a :  the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animal b :  something suggestive of a gaping maw

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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