- Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, especially a calf or a lamb, used for food.
- Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the thymus gland of such an animal, used for food.
Origin of sweetbread
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Examples from the Web for sweetbread
The lamb's fry should be nearly all sweetbread, and very little liver.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Then put in the sweetbread and ham, and enough stock to mix nicely.The Skilful Cook
Harris, wrinkled as a sweetbread and thin as an umbrella, blinked at Cassy.The Paliser case
Perhaps if you could get me a sweetbread I might manage a few morsels.Nell, of Shorne Mills
And then for her supper she had a sweetbread—a sweetbread and bacon.Good Old Anna
Marie Belloc Lowndes
- the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
C16: sweet + bread, perhaps from Old English brǣd meat; related to Old Saxon brādo ham, Old High German brāt, Old Norse brāth
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Word Origin and History for sweetbread
"pancreas used as food" 1560s, from sweet (adj.); the -bread element may be from Old English bræd "flesh."
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