- Archaic the stomach or its cavity
- the stomach of an animal; specif., the fourth stomach of a cud-chewing animal
- the throat, gullet, jaws, or oral cavity of a voracious animal
- anything thought of as consuming, devouring, etc. without end
Origin: Middle English mawe from Old English maga, akin to German magen, stomach from Indo-European base an unverified form mak-, skin, bag from source Welsh megin, bellows
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- The mouth, stomach, jaws, or gullet of a voracious animal, especially a carnivore.
- The opening into something felt to be insatiable: “I saw the opening maw of hell” (Herman Melville).
Origin: Middle English mawe, from Old English maga.