- 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.
- Also called gastric mill. a similar structure in the foregut of arthropods and several other invertebrates, often lined with chitin and small teeth.
- the innards or viscera collectively, especially the intestine and stomach.
Origin of gizzard
Examples from the Web for gizzard
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
The stomach should not be required to perform the function of the gizzard of a fowl.Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
"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
- 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
- a similar structure in many invertebrates
- informal the stomach and entrails generally
Word Origin and History for gizzard
"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.
- 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.