• WordNet 3.6
    • n mandible the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stag beetles have stronger mandibles than humans.
    • Mandible (Zoöl) The anterior pair of mouth organs of insects, crustaceaus, and related animals, whether adapted for biting or not. See Illust. of Diptera.
    • Mandible (Anat) The bone, or principal bone, of the lower jaw; the inferior maxilla; -- also applied to either the upper or the lower jaw in the beak of birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.
    • n mandible In zoöl, and anatomy, a jaw-bone; a jaw, or the jaw-bone and associate parts; especially, the under jaw. In man and other mammals, the under jaw, or inferior maxillary, as distinguished from the upper jaw, maxilla, or superior maxillary.
    • mandible Demandable.
    • n mandible In polyzoans, an operculum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mandible man′di-bl a jaw-bone, esp. that of the lower jaw
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mandibula, mandibulum, fr. mandere, to chew. Cf. Manger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mandibulamandĕre, chew.


In literature:

Her mandibles worked like perfect shears.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The anteroposterior length of the mandible is about 23.8 mm., and the depth is 3.8 mm.
"A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas" by Theodore H. Eaton
The ants cannot recognise one another apart; they show their mandibles, and then sidle away in a panic.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Mandibles, generally with four teeth.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The rest of the mandible is a deep bright red.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
They have a large knob on the head at its juncture with the upper mandible.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
The mandibles vary somewhat in the shape and proportionate size of the bones.
"Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds" by M. Dale Arvey
The mandible is composed of several bones as in reptiles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
In the Amphibia it is found close to the articulation of the mandible.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
Lower mandible channelled underneath, and furnished with about forty smaller teeth, likewise pointing inwards.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
The mandibles are without palp.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
Two pairs of ferocious mandibles stretched before its fierce mouth-parts.
"The Mad Planet" by Murray Leinster
They have a large head, large eyes, and strong horny mandibles.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
She snapped at it in a twinkling, but retained it between her mandibles.
"A Rambler's lease" by Bradford Torrey
The whole scheme was somewhat relieved in the male by an upper mandible of scarlet.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
Adult, brick-red, the upper bill black terminally, and the mandible black along the cutting edge.
"Antarctic Penguins" by George Murray Levick
No mandibles, and radula uniserial.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
All skin and flesh from the skull were eaten, and the mandible was usually separated from the skull.
"Ecological Studies of the Timber Wolf in Northeastern Minnesota" by L. David Mech
Even when a soldier sank his mandibles deep into the roughened skin and wrenched viciously, the toad never moved.
"Jungle Peace" by William Beebe
Two muscles arise from the anterior arm of the squamosal and insert on the lateral face of the mandible.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman

In news:

A view of Regourdou's mandible, above, and the complete skeleton, below.
Because of the constant wear on this extended lower mandible, the black skimmer 's bill continues to grow throughout its adult lifetime.
The Batlskin System includes the front mount, mandible guard and visor.

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