Variant of maxilla
noun pl. maxillae
- in vertebrates, the upper jaw, or a major bone or cartilage of the upper jaw
- in most arthropods, as insects or crabs, one of the first or second pair of accessory jaws or head appendages situated just behind the mandibles
Origin: L, dim., akin to mala, a jaw
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