- /mɔː/, /mO:/
- Rhymes: -ɔː
Etymology 1Old English maga, from Germanic *magē-, from Indo-European *mak- ‘bag, belly’. Cognate with Dutch maag, German Magen, Swedish mage; and (from Indo-European) with Welsh megin ‘bellows’, Russian мошна ‘pocket, bag’, Lithuanian mãkas ‘purse’.
- the stomach,
especially of an animal
- 1667: So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw. — Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X
- the upper digestive
tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature.
- 1818: To save poor lambkins from the eagle's maw — Keats, Endymion
- any great, insatiable or perilous opening.
Etymology 2By shortening of mother
- dialect colloquial Mother.
Maw may refer to:
- A mace.
maw in Italian: MAW
abdomen, abomasum, bay window, bazoo, beerbelly, belly, breadbasket, chaps, chops, craw, crop, diaphragm, embonpoint, embouchure, first stomach, gab, gizzard, gob, gullet, gut, honeycomb stomach, jaw, jaws, jowls, kishkes, kisser, lips, mandibles, manyplies, maxilla, midriff, mouth, mug, mush, muzzle, omasum, oral cavity, paunch, pot, potbelly, potgut, premaxilla, psalterium, pusgut, rennet bag, reticulum, rumen, second stomach, spare tire, stomach, swagbelly, third stomach, trap, tum-tum, tummy, underbelly, ventripotence, yap