[man-duh-buh l] /ˈmæn də bəl/
the bone of the lower jaw.
(in arthropods) one of the first pair of mouthpart appendages, typically a jawlike biting organ, but styliform or setiform in piercing and sucking species.
the lower jawbone in vertebrates See jaw (sense 1)
either of a pair of mouthparts in insects and other arthropods that are usually used for biting and crushing food
(ornithol) either the upper or the lower part of the bill, esp the lower part
late 14c., “jaw, jawbone,” from Middle French mandible and directly from Late Latin mandibula “jaw,” from Latin mandere “to chew,” from PIE root *mendh- “to chew” (cf. Greek mastax “the mouth, that with which one chews; morsel, that which is chewed,” masasthai “to chew,” mastikhan “to gnash the teeth”). Of insect mouth parts from 1826.
mandible man·di·ble (mān’də-bəl)
A U-shaped bone forming the lower jaw, articulating with the temporal bone on either side. Also called submaxilla
[man-dib-yuh-ler] /mænˈdɪb yə lər/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a . adj. 1650s, from Latin mandibula (see mandible) + -ar.
- Mandibular cartilage
mandibular cartilage n. A cartilaginous bar in the embryonic mandibular arch whose proximal end becomes ossified to form the malleus. Also called Meckel’s cartilage.
- Mandibular dentition
mandibular dentition n. See dental arch.
- Mandibular disease
noun 1. (vet science) another name for shovel beak