maw

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[ maw ]
/ mɔ /

noun

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.

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Origin of maw

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before 900; Middle English mawe, Old English maga; cognate with Dutch maag, German Magen, Old Norse magi

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maw

mall maul maw

Definition for maw (2 of 2)

maw2
[ maw ]
/ mɔ /

noun Informal.

Origin of maw

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variant of ma
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British Dictionary definitions for maw

maw
/ (mɔː) /

noun

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 for maw

Old English maga; related to Middle Dutch maghe, Old Norse magi
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