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mandible
American English: /ˈmændəb(ə)l/
British English: /ˈmandɪb(ə)l/

Translation of mandible in Spanish:

noun

  • 1.1 (lower jaw)
    mandíbula (feminine) inferior
    Example sentences
    • The tongue is suspended from the inside of the mandible above the hyoid bone and has muscles with a range of different orientations.
    • In the mandible, there are four incisors, two canines, four premolars, and six molars.
    • Most use their maxillae and mandibles to take in food.
    1.2 (of bird)
    Example sentences
    • The upper mandible of the bill is dark, and the legs are bright orange.
    • Breeding adults have a laterally flattened horn on the upper mandible.
    • The bill is a pinkish horn color and dark markings appear on the upper mandible.
    1.3
    also: mandibles plural
    (of insect, crab)
    Example sentences
    • They crush the honeybees in their mandibles one after another until the bees are all dead.
    • Centipedes were measured from the tip of the upper mandible to the posterior end of the last body segment.
    • The trap-jaw ant fires its mandibles with such force to propel itself to the front of the pack.

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