What does maw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trap, cakehole, hole, maw, yap, gobnoun

    informal terms for the mouth

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mawnoun

    Etymology: maga , Saxon; maeghe, Dutch.

    So oft in feasts with costly changes clad,
    To crammed maws a sprat new stomach brings. Philip Sidney.

    We have heats of dungs, and of bellies and maws of living creatures, and of their bloods. Francis Bacon.

    Though plenteous, all too little seems,
    To stuff this maw, this vast unhidebound corps. John Milton.

    The serpent, who his maw obscene had fill’d,
    The branches in his curl’d embraces held. Dryden.

    Granivorous birds have the mechanism of a mill; their maw is the hopper which holds and softens the grain, letting it down by degrees into the stomach, where it is ground by two strong muscles; in which action they are assisted by small stones, which they swallow for the purpose. Arbuthnot.


  1. maw

    A maw is the mouth, throat, or stomach of an animal, particularly a large one. It is often used to describe something that consumes a lot or is viewed as dangerous or overwhelming.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mawnoun

    a gull

  2. Mawnoun

    a stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; -- now used only of the lower animals, exept humorously or in contempt

  3. Mawnoun

    appetite; inclination

  4. Mawnoun

    an old game at cards

  5. Etymology: [See Mew a gull.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maw

    maw, n. the stomach, esp. in the lower animals: the craw, in birds.—ns. Maw′-seed, poppy-seed, so called when used as food for cage birds; Maw′-worm, the thread-worm infesting the stomach. [A.S. maga; Ger. magen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. maw

    The common gull, Larus canus.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MAW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maw is ranked #21034 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maw surname appeared 1,250 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Maw.

    78.2% or 978 total occurrences were White.
    17.2% or 216 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.2% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maw in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of maw in a Sentence

  1. Daisann McLane:

    Shark's fin is one of the' four treasures' of Chinese dried seafood, along with fish maw, dried abalone and sea cucumber, all four are expensive products that are valued for their rarity and also for their texture.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    A repugnant
    B numinous
    C motile
    D pecuniary

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