- the part of the food tract in which digestion takes place, especially the lower cavity of a compound stomach in insects.
- gizzard(def 1).
Origin of ventriculus
From Latin, dating back to 1685–95; see origin at ventricle
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- the midgut of an insect, where digestion takes place
- the gizzard of a bird
- another word for ventricle
C18: from Latin, diminutive of venter belly
- A ventricle.
- The stomach.
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