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[en-treylz, -truh lz] /ˈɛn treɪlz, -trəlz/
plural noun
the internal parts of the trunk of an animal body.
the intestines.
the internal parts of anything:
the entrails of a machine.
Origin of entrails
early Medieval Latin
1250-1300; Middle English entrailles < Anglo-French, Middle French < Vulgar Latin *interālia (compare early Medieval Latin intrālia), alteration, by suffix change (see -al1), of Latin interānea guts, neuter plural of interāneus; see inter-, -an, -eous
viscera, intestines, insides, innards, guts. Unabridged
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  • Then they burned the entrails with fire, pouring oil upon them.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • The bow of wood and the string of our own entrails, replied one of the bears.

  • Both the blubber and entrails are deposited in a119 place together, especially prepared for the purpose.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • He said he felt as if an electric battery had come in contact with his entrails.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The entrails of muskrat, rabbit, chicken or duck will make far better bait than the animal or bird itself.

    Steel Traps A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Masters disemboweled their slaves, to search for prognostications in their entrails.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • From this ferocious ransacker of entrails we expect nothing of the kind.

  • I dragged him on the beach; with my knife I laid open his entrails.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for entrails


plural noun
the internal organs of a person or animal; intestines; guts
the innermost parts of anything
Word Origin
C13: from Old French entrailles, from Medieval Latin intrālia, changed from Latin interānea intestines, ultimately from inter between
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Word Origin and History for entrails

c.1300, from Old French entrailles (12c.), from Late Latin intralia "inward parts, intestines" (8c.), from Latin interanea, neuter plural of interaneus "internal, that which is within," from inter "between, among" (see inter-).

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entrails in Medicine

entrails en·trails (ěn'trālz', -trəlz)
The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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