maw


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maw

 (mô)
n.
1. The mouth, stomach, jaws, or gullet of a voracious animal, especially a carnivore.
2. The opening into something felt to be insatiable: "I saw the opening maw of hell" (Herman Melville).

[Middle English mawe, from Old English maga.]

maw

(mɔː)
n
1. (Zoology) the mouth, throat, crop, or stomach of an animal, esp of a voracious animal
2. informal the mouth or stomach of a greedy person
[Old English maga; related to Middle Dutch maghe, Old Norse magi]

maw

(mɔ)

n.
1. the mouth, throat, or stomach, esp. of a voracious carnivore.
2. the crop or craw of a fowl.
3. something that suggests a maw.
[before 900; Middle English mawe, Old English maga, c. Old High German mago, Old Norse magi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maw - informal terms for the mouthmaw - informal terms for the mouth  
mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris - the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge; "he stuffed his mouth with candy"

maw

noun mouth, crop, throat, jaws, gullet, craw embed the hook in the shark's gaping maw
Translations

maw

[mɔː] N
1. (Anat) → estómago m; [of cow etc] → cuajar m; [of bird] → molleja f, buche m
2. (fig) → fauces fpl

maw

n
(Anat) → Magen m; (of cow)(Lab-)magen m; (of bird)Hals m
(liter)Maul nt; (fig)Rachen m, → Schlund m
References in classic literature ?
As he possessed no higher attribute, and neither sacrificed nor vitiated any spiritual endowment by devoting all his energies and ingenuities to subserve the delight and profit of his maw, it always pleased and satisfied me to hear him expatiate on fish, poultry, and butcher's meat, and the most eligible methods of preparing them for the table.
I saw the opening maw of hell, With endless pains and sorrows there; Which none but they that feel can tell-- Oh, I was plunging to despair.
To mee, who with eternal Famin pine, Alike is Hell, or Paradise, or Heaven, There best, where most with ravin I may meet; Which here, though plenteous, all too little seems To stuff this Maw, this vast unhide-bound Corps.
Had it but been for myself the choice had been easy, the maw of the wolf were better to rest in than the grave of the Vampire
And the sobs, and groans, and shrieks, with which the city was now filled, were caused by the people's woe, because the fatal day had come again, when the fourteen victims were to be chosen by lot; and the old people feared lest their sons or daughters might be taken, and the youths and damsels dreaded lest they themselves might be destined to glut the ravenous maw of that detestable man-brute.
The first face which appeared at the aperture, with eyelids turned up to the reds, a mouth open like a maw, and a brow wrinkled like our hussar boots of the Empire, evoked such an inextinguishable peal of laughter that Homer would have taken all these louts for gods.
I knew that the opening of safes was a particular hobby with him, and I understood the joy which it gave him to be confronted with this green and gold monster, the dragon which held in its maw the reputations of many fair ladies.
For ages the enemies of Tario have been hurled to this pit to fill his maw, for Komal must be fed.
He saw the lion, quickened to new life at the sight of food, spring upon the body of the deer and then he left him rending and tearing the flesh as he bolted great pieces into his empty maw.
Standing over the labouring seamen, the young woman breathed a sigh of relief as the last strand of the cable parted and she knew that the vessel was on its way out of the maw of the savage Ugambi.
How long she hung there she never knew, but finally a little strength returned to her, and presently she realized that it was a pendant creeper hanging low from a jungle tree upon the bank that had saved her from the river's rapacious maw.
A little shop, quite crammed and choked with the abundance of its stock; a perfectly voracious little shop, with a maw as accommodating and full as any shark's.