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Jaw. n.s. [joue, a cheek, French; where joowbone, or cheekbone, then jaw.]

  1. The bone of the mouth in which the teeth are fixed.

    A generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor. Prov. xxx. 14.

    The jaw bones, hearts, and galls of pikes are very medicinable. Walton's Angler.

    Piso, who probably speaks Aristotle's meaning, saith that the crocodile doth not only move his upper jaw, but that his nether jaw is immoveable. Grew's Musæum.

    More formidable hydra stands within,
    Whose jaws with iron teeth severely grin.
    Dryden's Æn.

  2. The mouth.

    My tongue cleaveth to my jaws, and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. Ps. xxii. 15.

    My bended hook shall pierce their slimy jaws. Shakespeare.

    A smeary foam works o'er my grinding jaws,
    And utmost anguish shakes my lab'ring frame.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Dryden, John (788) · Grew, Nehemiah (36) · The Bible - Proverbs (19) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Rowe, Nicholas (21) · Walton, Izaak (10)

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