from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The jaw, especially, the jaw of a beast.
  • v. To chew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chew.
  • n. The jaw; especially, the jaw of a beast.


From Middle English chavel, from Old English ċeafl ("a bill, beak, snout, jaw, jaw-bone, cheek, cheek-bone"), from Proto-Germanic *kaflaz, *keflaz, *kefraz (“jaw”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵēbh-, *gēbh- (“jaw, gills”). Cognate with Middle Low German kavel ("jaw, gums, palate"), Dutch kevels ("jawbones, toothless jaws"), Middle High German kivel, kivele, kiuwel ("jaw"). More at jowl. (Wiktionary)



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