Mandibles are the two claw-like appendages on the front of a beetle's head. They are used to grab onto things, and they help the beetle eat insects.

    Definition of mandibles


    the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth


    jawbone, jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandibula, mandibular bone, submaxilla

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    Example Sentences for mandibles

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      In humans, the tooth bearing bones are the maxilla and the mandible.

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      It is formed by the lower front of the mandible.

    • 3

      The upper mandible of the male's bill is red and the lower mandible is brown.

    • 4

      The upper arch is called the maxilla and the lower is called the mandible.

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      The mouth is located in between the mandibles.

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      The cranium and mandible are from different animals.

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      The presence of a glenoid process controls the movement of the mandible.

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      The oculo malar space is the distance between the eye and the mandible.

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      The simian shelf is a bony thickening on the front of the ape mandible.

    • 10

      The spores of the fungus are carried in mycangia at the base of each mandible.