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gizzard

[giz-erd]
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noun Zoology.
  1. Also called ventriculus. a thick-walled, muscular pouch in the lower stomach of many birds and reptiles that grinds food, often with the aid of ingested stones or grit.
  2. Also called gastric mill. a similar structure in the foregut of arthropods and several other invertebrates, often lined with chitin and small teeth.
  3. the innards or viscera collectively, especially the intestine and stomach.

Origin of gizzard

1325–75; Middle English giser < Old French giser, gezier (French gésier) < Vulgar Latin *gigerium; compare Latin gigeria, gizeria giblets, perhaps ultimately < Iranian; compare Persian jigar liver
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Examples from the Web for gizzard

Historical Examples

  • Stand aside, Arnaud, lest you find a bolt through your gizzard.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • What for should he put up his fins now the hook's in his gizzard?

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The stomach should not be required to perform the function of the gizzard of a fowl.

  • "Yer blowin' the gizzard out o' us" Duke: Hi, there, for'ard!

    Wappin' Wharf

    Charles S. Brooks

  • Friend or foe, he who touches me shall have a bullet in his gizzard.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth


British Dictionary definitions for gizzard

gizzard

noun
  1. the thick-walled part of a bird's stomach, in which hard food is broken up by muscular action and contact with grit and small stones
  2. a similar structure in many invertebrates
  3. informal the stomach and entrails generally

Word Origin

C14: from Old North French guisier fowl's liver, alteration of Latin gigēria entrails of poultry when cooked, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gizzard

n.

"stomach of a bird," late 14c., from Old French gisier (Modern French gésier) "entrails, giblets (of a bird)," probably from Vulgar Latin *gicerium, dissimilated from Latin gigeria (neuter plural) "cooked entrails of a fowl," a delicacy in ancient Rome, from PIE *yekwr- "liver" (see hepatitis). Parasitic -d added 1500s. Later extended to other animals, and, jocularly, to human beings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gizzard in Science

gizzard

[gĭzərd]
  1. A muscular pouch behind the stomach in birds. It has a thick lining and often contains swallowed sand or grit, which helps in the mechanical breakdown of food.
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