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Etymology 1

Old English maga, from Germanic *magē-, from Indo-European *mak- ‘bag, belly’. Cognate with Dutch maag, German Magen, Swedish mage; and (from Indo-European) with Welsh megin ‘bellows’, Russian мошна ‘pocket, bag’, Lithuanian mãkas ‘purse’.

Noun

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maw

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  1. (archaic) the stomach, especially of an animal
    1667: So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw. — Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X
  2. the upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature.
    1818: To save poor lambkins from the eagle's maw — Keats, Endymion
  3. any great, insatiable or perilous opening.

Etymology 2

By shortening of mother

Noun

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maw

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  1. (dialectal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Mother.

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