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[guhl-it] /ˈgʌl ɪt/
the esophagus.
the throat or pharynx.
a channel for water.
a gully or ravine.
a preparatory cut in an excavation.
a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases.
verb (used with object)
to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).
Origin of gullet
1350-1400; Middle English golet < Old French gouletLatin gula throat; see -et Unabridged
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  • Note on one side, beginning at the anterior end, the buccal groove leading into the interior through the gullet.

  • Then remove the veins and gullet, taking care not to tear them.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Roaring Dick lowered his head, rammed it into Bob's chin, and at the same time reached for the young man's gullet with both hands.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • And he did, for down his gullet it went with very little effort.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • It is called the Pouter because it is in the habit of causing its gullet to swell up by inflating it with air.

  • Well, suppose they did squeeze his gullet up there on a scaffold!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • You will come to a stream and a gullet and a road clipping into the hills from it to the right; go past that road.

    Waysiders Seumas O'Kelly
  • The only thing that sticks in my gullet is that fifty per cent.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Their number appears considerable; the whole inside of the gullet is white with them.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • They have also strong teeth in the gullet, by which they can crush the shells of their prey.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for gullet


a less formal name for the oesophagus related adjective oesophageal
the throat or pharynx
(mining, quarrying) a preliminary cut in excavating, wide enough to take the vehicle that removes the earth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French goulet, diminutive of goule throat, from Latin gula throat
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Word Origin and History for gullet

c.1300 (as a surname), from Old French golet "neck (of a bottle); gutter; bay, creek," diminutive of gole "throat, neck" (Modern French guele), from Latin gula "throat," also "appetite," from PIE root *gwele- "swallow" (cf. Latin gluttire "to gulp down, devour," Old English ceole "throat," Old Church Slavonic glutu "gullet," Old Irish gelim "I devour").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gullet in Medicine

gullet gul·let (gŭl'ĭt)

  1. The esophagus.

  2. The throat.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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