Maw Definition

The stomach or its cavity.
Webster's New World
The stomach of an animal; specif., the fourth stomach of a cud-chewing animal.
Webster's New World
The throat, gullet, jaws, or oral cavity of a voracious animal.
Webster's New World
The opening into something felt to be insatiable.
American Heritage
Anything thought of as consuming, devouring, etc. without end.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Maw

  • From Middle English mawe, from Old English maga (“stomach, maw"), from Proto-Germanic *magô (“belly, stomach"), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (“bag, bellows, belly"). Cognate with West Frisian mage, Low German mage, Dutch maag (“stomach, belly"), German Magen (“stomach"), Danish mave, Swedish mage (“stomach, belly"), and also with Welsh megin (“bellows"), Russian мошна (moÅ¡ná, “pocket, bag"), Lithuanian mãkas (“purse").

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  • Middle English mawe from Old English maga

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • By shortening of mother

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  • See mew (“a gull").

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