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[maw] /mɔ/

the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
the crop or craw of a fowl.
the stomach, especially that of an animal.
a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal:
the gaping maw of hell.
the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind:
the ravenous maw of Death.
[maw] /mɔ/
noun, Informal.
1 .
the mouth, throat, crop, or stomach of an animal, esp of a voracious animal
(informal) the mouth or stomach of a greedy person

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.


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