Mastax Mas"tax, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? mouth, jaws.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) The pharynx of a rotifer. It usually contains four horny pieces. The two central ones form the incus, against which the mallei, or lateral ones, work so as to crush the food. (b) The lore of a bird. [1913 Webster]

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