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  • Neanderthals had prominent brows and thick mandibles.
  • The tank bugs clacked their mandibles and edged closer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There are grasshoppers, spruce budworms, forest tent caterpillars, wood-boring beetles, each one the size of a page, their parts neatly labeled: mandibles, palps, antennae, thorax, abdomen.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • There were orange traffic cones and beautiful lapis lazuli insects with mandibles of gold.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • And when she opened her mouth, sideways mandibles snapped and retracted outside her regular human teeth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • To sum up, then: in the Right Whale’s there is no great well of sperm; no ivory teeth at all; no long, slender mandible of a lower jaw, like the Sperm Whale’s.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I think the horn–covered mandibles of one of these squid are entangled in the blades.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Is it the strange gnashing sound of insects with their mandibles moving through the bone marrow?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The ants were still there; their wispy antennae weaving from side to side like the arms of so many punch-drunk boxers; their mandibles were open wide, eager to bite again.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • …whom it set dreaming of artificial charms and a refinement of sensual bliss; and then, behind him, M. de Palancy, who with his huge carp’s head and goggling eyes moved slowly up and down the stream of festive gatherings, unlocking his great mandibles at every moment as though in search of his orientation, had the air of carrying about upon his person only an accidental and perhaps purely symbolical fragment of the glass wall of his aquarium, a part intended to suggest the whole which…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way

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  • In the upper and lower mandibles.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The maxilla, the mandible to form a jaw.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Now black mandibles protruded from her mouth like tusks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Except scarab beetles didn’t have the big cutting mandibles.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Its tiny mouth opened, and she saw that it had sharp cutting mandibles behind its upper and lower lips.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Clinging to his chest, it spread its mandibles wide so that their razor tips were poised on either side of his throat.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Elbowed antennae trembled, mandibles clicked, and they began marching along the edge in an orderly clockwise procession.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Serget clicked her mandibles in a gruesome foamy grin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Max remained still, ignoring the nauseating brush of its metallic body and clicking legs as it stopped and peered up at each, its mandibles aquiver.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The three soldier ants advanced, their ten-foot-long antennae waving and bobbing in a mesmerizing way, trying to distract me from the true danger of their mandibles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Their mandibles snapped at empty air.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Venom dribbled from its mandibles, and for just an instant, Max caught faint flashes of red designs on the creature’s segmented body.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I managed to avoid its mandibles, but its armored face bashed the side of my head.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The third ant loomed over me, its mandibles foaming with green saliva.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She collapsed as one of the myrmekes caught her in its mandibles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • As it landed, the burrow grub divided into a dozen small, bright green centipedes, which swarmed over her arm before each chose a spot to sink its mandibles into her flesh and bore its way through her skin.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Arachne’s lips curled over her mandibles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Arachne snapped her mandibles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • His ax disappeared between the two enormous mandibles, and the Canadian, miraculously saved, stood and plunged his harpoon all the way into the devilfish’s triple heart.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • They advanced, snapping their mandibles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Those mandibles would snap us in half like dried twigs.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She scuttled forward, mandibles clacking, wings buzzing, dark Teflon eyes focused on me.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • And indeed, Mama grabbed me with her mandibles and tossed me over her head.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She clicked her mandibles doubtfully.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Smashed, strangled, crushed by the fearsome arms of a devilfish, ground between its iron mandibles, this friend would never rest with his companions in the placid waters of their coral cemetery!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "This relationship, this unique thing we have, this ecstatic symbiosis," she remembers, "could only result from the meeting of a large stiff lonely Semitic schlong, which has been successfully circumvented by an army of terrified Jewish princesses, and a set of beautiful Slavic mandibles starved for fellatio."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No doubt the presence of the Nautilus, even more fearsome than itself, and which it couldn’t grip with its mandibles or the suckers on its arms.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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