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sweetbread

[sweet-bred] /ˈswitˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, especially a calf or a lamb, used for food.
2.
Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the thymus gland of such an animal, used for food.
Origin of sweetbread
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; sweet + bread
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  • The lamb's fry should be nearly all sweetbread, and very little liver.

  • Then put in the sweetbread and ham, and enough stock to mix nicely.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Harris, wrinkled as a sweetbread and thin as an umbrella, blinked at Cassy.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Perhaps if you could get me a sweetbread I might manage a few morsels.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • And then for her supper she had a sweetbread—a sweetbread and bacon.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Laddie, do you think you could manage a fried sole and a sweetbread?

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • If it has really any thing to do with a calf at all, it is the sweetbread.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • Heat the dice of sweetbread in this sauce and fill the cases with it.

  • Whom she meant, she did not say; but she could scarcely have meant the sweetbread.

    Hard Times Charles Dickens
  • So I got her the sweetbread she would not have for dinner, which warmed up well.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for sweetbread

sweetbread

/ˈswiːtˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
Word Origin
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
n.

"pancreas used as food" 1560s, from sweet (adj.); the -bread element may be from Old English bræd "flesh."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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