\ˈmȯ \

Definition of maw 

1 : the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing:

a : stomach

b : crop

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

the gaping maw of the tiger

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With a gaping maw and uneven, jagged teeth, its appearance is the stuff of nightmares. Washington Post, "Ugly delicacy? Industry touts weird looking Monkfish," 1 Mar. 2018 The Alfa badge and its potential meanings of a serpent eating a human or a man being reborn from its maw keep one guessing. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "What's it like to drive a historic Italian roadster? We find out," 8 June 2018 That was just to escape the maw and has nothing to do with the ship being fast in general or about navigating a course in the shortest possible distance. Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 Cars, swallowed whole, have sunk into gaping maws as if on a disaster movie set. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'Sinkhole fiasco' plagues Florida neighborhood, as a dozen holes open in the ground | Miami Herald," 2 May 2018 Height And now, my last piece of good advice: Never make a sandwich whose height exceeds the diameter of your yawning maw. James P. Dewan,, "Does your sandwich pass the eatability test?," 18 Apr. 2018 Like the Auris, the Corolla wears Toyota’s gaping-maw grille perhaps better than any recent model. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: iM Just a Corolla Now," 23 Mar. 2018 Fueled by agents and league executives pushing misinformation into the maw of social media, the lead up to this draft was like watching a constant game of corporate cat-and-mouse play out on a Twitter timeline. Joseph Goodman,, "NFL Draft 2018: The last moments of a different life," 27 Apr. 2018 Some drivers admire the aggressive maw and the visual effect of bearing down on the road. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "A 5-liter V8 in a world of small-capacity turbos: The 2018 Lexus GS F," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of maw

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maw

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

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: the mouth, jaws, or throat of an animal

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