Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A jawlike appendage of an arthropod.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the mouth appendages of the Arthropoda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of the mouth appendages of the Arthropoda. They are known as mandibles, maxill├Ž, and maxillipeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, one of the appendages of the mouth of an arthropod or articulate animal, as a mandible, maxilla, maxilliped, gnathopod, etc.

Etymologies

Greek gnathos, jaw; see gnathic + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here are some other words that begin with a silent g. gnarled, gnash, gnathite, gnocchi and everyone's favorite hallucination, a ngood (why can't the n be silent?) old gnome.

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