Origin of maw1
Definition for maws (2 of 2)
Origin of maw2
Examples from the Web for maws
I have often found it, he adds, in the maws of the bonito, between the tropics in the Pacific Ocean.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
We always find a great many shells in their maws, crushed in pieces.A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland|William Dampier
It is good to give them sometimes a little Gravel, or powder of Glass, to cleanse their maws, and give them appetite.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened|Kenelm Digby
(which will keep the others in countenance,) the booksellers' maws seem so capacious.
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
British Dictionary definitions for maws
Word Origin for maw
Word Origin and History for maws
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.