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maw1

[maw] /mɔ/
noun
1.
the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
2.
the crop or craw of a fowl.
3.
the stomach, especially that of an animal.
4.
a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal:
the gaping maw of hell.
5.
the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind:
the ravenous maw of Death.
Origin of maw1
900
before 900; Middle English mawe, Old English maga; cognate with Dutch maag, German Magen, Old Norse magi
Can be confused
mall, maul, maw.

maw2

[maw] /mɔ/
noun, Informal.
1.
mother1 .
Origin
variant of ma
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  • I have often found it, he adds, in the maws of the bonito, between the tropics in the Pacific Ocean.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • O, sir, have a good stomach and maws; you shall have a joyful supper.

  • If charnel-houses and our graves must send Those that we bury back, our monuments Shall be the maws of kites.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • We always find a great many shells in their maws, crushed in pieces.

  • He saw many salmon leaping, and found them in the maws of cod.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Those who formed it have found bloody graves, or a ghastlier burial in the maws of wolves.

  • You see Teacher makes 'em all come on moonlight nights; the paws and maws, and the gran'paws and gran'maws, too.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • They all stood on the porch and watched him as far as they could see; and maws black mood didnt return for a whole week.

  • Guess Ive got maws fool in a fuss, he said grimly to himself as he braced his body for a struggle.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • It got all dampthe letter, foreign postmark, stamp and allby the time he put it into maws hand.

British Dictionary definitions for maws

maw

/mɔː/
noun
1.
the mouth, throat, crop, or stomach of an animal, esp of a voracious animal
2.
(informal) the mouth or stomach of a greedy person
Word Origin
Old English maga; related to Middle Dutch maghe, Old Norse magi
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Word Origin and History for maws

maw

n.

Old English maga "stomach" (of men and animals; in Modern English only of animals unless insultingly), from Proto-Germanic *magon "bag, stomach" (cf. Old Frisian maga, Old Norse magi, Danish mave, Middle Dutch maghe, Dutch maag, Old High German mago, German Magen "stomach"), from PIE *mak- "leather bag" (cf. Welsh megin "bellows," Lithuanian makas, Old Church Slavonic mošina "bag, pouch"). Meaning "throat, gullet" is from 1520s. Metaphoric of voracity from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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