- the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
- the crop or craw of a fowl.
- the stomach, especially that of an animal.
- a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.
- the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.
Origin of maw1
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Examples from the Web for maw
Privately, they admit they have to provide the data that feed that maw.How to Reinvent College Rankings: Show the Data Students Need Most
March 24, 2013
The other is that people actually lose skills (even very basic skills) and many of them fall into the maw of depression.The Federal Government Should Hire the Long-Term Unemployed
March 8, 2013
Every time I step onto an airplane, I turn to the right and take a good, hard stare into the maw of the engine.Barbara Kingsolver: How I Write
December 5, 2012
Having been caught red-handed with a smoking bong firmly pasted to his maw, the long knives are out for the Olympic hero.Up in Smoke?
February 3, 2009
His eyes gleamed like two lamps and he was spitting fire and flame from his maw.The Chinese Fairy Book
Let them boil gently till the liquor is reduced to three pints, and strain it off; when only milk warm, pour it on the maw.
He had come deliberately to thrust his head into the lion's maw that he might save her brother.Mistress Wilding
"That'll do, Maw," she said, dismissing her parent with a nod.
Maw allowed you woz talkin' a furrin' tongue all along, but I—sakes alive!
- the mouth, throat, crop, or stomach of an animal, esp of a voracious animal
- informal the mouth or stomach of a greedy person
Word Origin and History for maw
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.