from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mouth, stomach, jaws, or gullet of a voracious animal, especially a carnivore.
- n. The opening into something felt to be insatiable: "I saw the opening maw of hell” ( Herman Melville).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Mother.
- n. the stomach, especially of an animal
- n. the upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature.
- n. any great, insatiable or perilous opening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gull.
- n. 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.
- n. Appetite; inclination.
- n. An old game at cards.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stomach: now used of human beings only in contempt, and rarely of animals.
- n. The crop or craw of a fowl.
- n. The sound or air-bladder of a fish.
- n. Stomach; appetite; inclination.
- A dialectal (Scotch) form of mow.
- n. A dialectal (Scotch) form of mew.
- n. An old game at cards, played with a piquet pack of thirty-six cards by any number of persons from two to six.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. informal terms for the mouth
Middle English mawe, from Old English maga.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By shortening of mother (Wiktionary)
From Middle English mawe, from Old English maga ("stomach, maw"), from Proto-Germanic *magô (“belly, stomach”), from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks- (“bag, bellows, belly”). Cognate with Dutch maag ("stomach, belly"), German Magen ("stomach"), Swedish mage ("stomach, belly"), with Welsh megin ("bellows"), Russian мошна (mošná, "pocket, bag"), Lithuanian mãkas ("purse"). (Wiktionary)