Mandibles are the paired jaws of some insects and other arthropods. They are sometimes referred to as simply 'jaws'. They operate in a sideways fashion and are used for gripping, biting and cutting.

A photograph of a social wasp.

The head of a social wasp showing the mandibles.
Photograph by Richard Bartz licensed under Creative Commons.

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