maw [mo: US mo:] n
[: Old English; Origin: maga]
1.) formal something which seems to swallow or use up things completely
maw of
Millions of dollars were poured into the maw of defense spending.
2.) literary an animal's mouth or throat

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

(of animals) / , , (of a bird)

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  • Maw — Maw, n. [OE. mawe, AS. maga stomach; akin to D. maag, OHG. mago, G. magen, Icel. magi, Sw. mage, Dan. mave. [root]103.] 1. A stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; now used only of the lower animals,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • maw — [ mɔ ] noun count LITERARY 1. ) something that seems to open up and suck you in completely: the giant maw of show business 2. ) a mouth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maw — (n.) O.E. maga stomach (of men and animals; in Modern English only of animals unless insultingly), from P.Gmc. *magon bag, stomach (Cf. O.Fris. maga, O.N. magi, Dan. mave, M.Du. maghe, Du. maag, O.H.G. mago, Ger. Magen stomach ), from PIE *mak …   Etymology dictionary

  • maw — ► NOUN ▪ the jaws or throat, especially of a voracious animal. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • maw — maw1 [mô] n. [ME mawe < OE maga, akin to Ger magen, stomach < IE base * mak , skin, bag > Welsh megin, bellows] 1. a) Archaic the stomach or its cavity b) the stomach of an animal; specif., the fourth stomach of a cud chewing animal 2.… …   English World dictionary

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