American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinmaxilla (“jaw"), a diminutive of māla (“jaw").
Maxilla Sentence Examples
C. Borner has stated that the unpaired piercer is attached directly to the base of the left maxilla.
Ia, frons; b, clypeus (the pointed labrum beneath it); II, mandible; III, first maxilla; (a, base; b, sheath; c, piercer), III', inner view of sheath; IV, second maxillae forming rostrum (b, mentum; c, ligula).