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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mouth  \Mouth\  (mouth),  n.;  pl  {Mouths}  (mou[th]z).  [OE.  mouth, 
  mu[thorn],  AS  m[=u][eth];  akin  to  D.  mond,  OS  m[=u][eth], 
  G.  mund,  Icel.  mu[eth]r,  munnr  Sw  mun,  Dan.  mund,  Goth. 
  mun[thorn]s,  and  possibly  L.  mentum  chin;  or  cf  D.  muil 
  mouth,  muzzle,  G.  maul,  OHG.  m[=u]la,  Icel.  m[=u]li,  and  Skr. 
  mukha  mouth.] 
  1.  The  opening  through  which  an  animal  receives  food;  the 
  aperture  between  the  jaws  or  between  the  lips;  also  the 
  cavity,  containing  the  tongue  and  teeth,  between  the  lips 
  and  the  pharynx;  the  buccal  cavity. 
  2.  Hence:  An  opening  affording  entrance  or  exit  orifice; 
  aperture;  as: 
  a  The  opening  of  a  vessel  by  which  it  is  filled  or 
  emptied,  charged  or  discharged;  as  the  mouth  of  a  jar 
  or  pitcher;  the  mouth  of  the  lacteal  vessels,  etc 
  b  The  opening  or  entrance  of  any  cavity,  as  a  cave,  pit, 
  well  or  den. 
  c  The  opening  of  a  piece  of  ordnance,  through  which  it 
  is  discharged. 
  d  The  opening  through  which  the  waters  of  a  river  or  any 
  stream  are  discharged. 
  e  The  entrance  into  a  harbor. 
  3.  (Saddlery)  The  crosspiece  of  a  bridle  bit,  which  enters 
  the  mouth  of  an  animal. 
  4.  A  principal  speaker;  one  who  utters  the  common  opinion;  a 
  Every  coffeehouse  has  some  particular  statesman 
  belonging  to  it  who  is  the  mouth  of  the  street 
  where  he  lives.  --Addison. 
  5.  Cry;  voice.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
  6.  Speech;  language;  testimony. 
  That  in  the  mouth  of  two  or  three  witnesses  every 
  word  may  be  established.  --Matt.  xviii. 
  7.  A  wry  face;  a  grimace;  a  mow. 
  Counterfeit  sad  looks  Make  mouths  upon  me  when  I 
  turn  my  back  --Shak. 
  {Down  in  the  mouth},  chapfallen;  of  dejected  countenance; 
  depressed;  discouraged.  [Obs.  or  Colloq.] 
  {Mouth  friend},  one  who  professes  friendship  insincerely. 
  {Mouth  glass},  a  small  mirror  for  inspecting  the  mouth  or 
  {Mouth  honor},  honor  given  in  words  but  not  felt.  --Shak. 
  {Mouth  organ}.  (Mus.) 
  a  Pan's  pipes.  See  {Pandean}. 
  b  An  harmonicon. 
  {Mouth  pipe},  an  organ  pipe  with  a  lip  or  plate  to  cut  the 
  escaping  air  and  make  a  sound. 
  {To  stop  the  mouth},  to  silence  or  be  silent;  to  put  to 
  shame;  to  confound. 
  The  mouth  of  them  that  speak  lies  shall  be  stopped. 
  --Ps.  lxiii. 
  Whose  mouths  must  be  stopped.  --Titus  i.  11. 

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