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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.]
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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]
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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]
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