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muzzle

(mŭz′əl)
n.
1. The forward, projecting part of the head of certain animals, such as dogs, including the mouth, nose, and jaws; the snout.
2. A device that is fitted over an animal's snout, often used to prevent biting or eating.
tr.v. muz·zled, muz·zling, muz·zles
To put a muzzle on (an animal).

muz′zler n.

muzzle

1. the part of the face supported by the maxillae and nasal bones; the part of a dog's head anterior to the stop and cheeks, containing the nasal passages and bearing the nosepad. Longer in dolichocephalics and practically nonexistent in brachycephalics. In farm animals it comprises the nasolabial plane, between the edge of the upper lip, the two nostrils and the junction between the nasolabial plane and the haired part of the face. It includes the skin and fascia and the muscles of the upper lip.
2. an appliance placed over the mouth of an animal, usually a dog, to prevent it biting. The simplest form is a clove-hitch made of bandage and wound around the two jaws.

muzzle bagging
occluding the muzzle, usually of a horse, to cause temporary asphyxia and succeeding dyspnea, during an auscultatory examination of the lungs.
box muzzle
a solid, box-like appliance, usually made of stiff leather over a frame. It prevents the animal sucking or feeding, but holes in the box allow it to drink.
calf-weaning muzzle
a cavesson with spikes on the nose-band.
tape muzzle
a piece of tape or bandage tied in a half-hitch around the upper and lower jaws. A temporary measure only.
wire muzzle
a muzzle made of strong wire mesh. Used to prevent dogs fighting or biting, especially Greyhounds during races. Companion animal appliances are more commonly made of leather.
References in classic literature ?
His muzzle went up, his tail stiffened, and his nostrils dilated as he scented the air.
and touched his neck with her muzzle in a reassuring way, then regarded the camp again.
She sank her fangs into her mate's shoulder in reproof; and he, frightened, unaware of what constituted this new onslaught, struck back ferociously and in still greater fright, ripping down the side of the she-wolf's muzzle.
Again and again came Pacco and his family, and again and again did they turn and flee; but each time they came closer to the river, until at last the plump stallion dipped his velvet muzzle daintily into the water.
The years were not many when the Yeehats noted a change in the breed of timber wolves; for some were seen with splashes of brown on head and muzzle, and with a rift of white centring down the chest.
Directly Vronsky went towards her, she drew in a deep breath, and, turning back her prominent eye till the white looked bloodshot, she started at the approaching figures from the opposite side, shaking her muzzle, and shifting lightly from one leg to the other.
But remembering the muzzle, she shook it and again began restlessly stamping one after the other her shapely legs.
And as she looked, she saw the round-bellied leader, still wedged by the neck between the pickets, draw a revolver with his free hand, and, squinting horribly sidewise, press the muzzle against Chester's side.
The starter was then placed over the false muzzle and the plunger pushed down, introducing the projectile into the rifling at precisely the proper attitude.
YESTERDAY'S story about a Japanese Akita attacking a dog walker raised the issue of muzzles being used for dogs in public places.
In an effort to re-educate the public on the many uses and benefits of a muzzle, specifically the Baskerville Ultra Muzzle from The Company of Animals, some of the leading pet experts were asked how they use a muzzle
The officer explained that placing adhesive tape on the muzzle allows a gun to be fired if really necessary such as when police have to respond to an emergency situation.