Maxilla

Maxilla
Maxilla Max*il"la, n.; pl. {Maxill[ae]}. [L., dim. of mala jaw, jawbone.] 1. (Anat.) (a) The bone of either the upper or the under jaw. (b) The bone, or principal bone, of the upper jaw, the bone of the lower jaw being the mandible. [Now commonly used in this restricted sense.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the lower or outer jaws of arthropods. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are usually two pairs in Crustacea and one pair in insects. In certain insects they are not used as jaws, but may form suctorial organs. See Illust. under {Lepidoptera}, and {Diptera}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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