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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Definitions for maw

  1. the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.
  2. the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
  3. a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.

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Citations for maw
I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818
The team of seven had been created to browse and graze through all existing writings, and to make a catalog of all that was swept into the team's collective maw. Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman, 1998
Origin of maw
Maw comes to us from the Old English maga meaning "stomach." Its figurative use first appeared in the late 1300s.