noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English maga; akin to Old High German mago stomach, Lithuanian makas purse Date: before 12th century 1. the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing: a. stomach b. crop 2. a. the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animal b. something suggestive of a gaping maw

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  • Maw — Maw, n. [OE. mawe, AS. maga stomach; akin to D. maag, OHG. mago, G. magen, Icel. magi, Sw. mage, Dan. mave. [root]103.] 1. A stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; now used only of the lower animals,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maw — [mo: US mo:] n [: Old English; Origin: maga] 1.) formal something which seems to swallow or use up things completely maw of ▪ Millions of dollars were poured into the maw of defense spending. 2.) literary an animal s mouth or throat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • maw — [ mɔ ] noun count LITERARY 1. ) something that seems to open up and suck you in completely: the giant maw of show business 2. ) a mouth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maw — (n.) O.E. maga stomach (of men and animals; in Modern English only of animals unless insultingly), from P.Gmc. *magon bag, stomach (Cf. O.Fris. maga, O.N. magi, Dan. mave, M.Du. maghe, Du. maag, O.H.G. mago, Ger. Magen stomach ), from PIE *mak …   Etymology dictionary

  • maw — ► NOUN ▪ the jaws or throat, especially of a voracious animal. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • maw — maw1 [mô] n. [ME mawe < OE maga, akin to Ger magen, stomach < IE base * mak , skin, bag > Welsh megin, bellows] 1. a) Archaic the stomach or its cavity b) the stomach of an animal; specif., the fourth stomach of a cud chewing animal 2.… …   English World dictionary

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