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[n] the lower jawbone in vertebrates; it is hinged to open the mouth


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\Man"di*ble\, n. [L. mandibula, mandibulum, fr. mandere to chew. Cf. {Manger}.]
1. (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.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The anterior pair of mouth organs of insects, crustaceaus, and related animals, whether adapted for biting or not. See Illust. of {Diptera}.

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