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English definition of “maw”

maw

noun [C] uk   /mɔː/ us    /mɑː/ literary
the mouth of a fierce (= frightening) animal: the lion's mawThe head and neck of non-human animals something that seems to surround and absorb everything near it: She fears that the matter will simply be swallowed up by the maw of bureaucracy.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
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