maw definition by Webster's New World
- 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
maw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.