Definition of mandible noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmændɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændɪbl//
    (anatomy) Parts of animals, Skeleton and muscles
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  1. 1 the jawbone See related entries: Skeleton and muscles
  2. 2 the upper or lower part of a bird’s beak See related entries: Parts of animals
  3. 3 either of the two parts that are at the front and on either side of an insect’s mouth, used especially for biting and crushing food See related entries: Parts of animals
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin mandibula, from mandere ‘to chew’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mandible