[ giz-erd ]
/ ˈgɪz ərd /
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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.
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Origin of gizzard
1325–75; Middle English giser<Old French giser, gezier (French gésier) <Vulgar Latin *gigerium; compare Latin gigeria, gizeria giblets, perhaps ultimately <Iranian; compare Persian jigar liver
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How to use gizzard in a sentence
It would wring our gizzards intolerably to see so much good stuff going to waste.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cut four snipes in two lengthwise, remove the gizzards, put the trails aside, and season the birds with salt and cayenne.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode|Harriet A. de Salis
But jest the same it was as tough on me as if it hed been a woman screamin' over a blade twistin' in her gizzards.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
But it's the principle of it what's a-sticking in their gizzards.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3|William Clark Russell
They'll have your wallets and your gizzards if you don't get away from 'em.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
The first we noticed of it was him tellin' us how nice Miss Alviry thought his livers and gizzards was.Sonny, A Christmas Guest|Ruth McEnery Stuart
British Dictionary definitions for gizzard
/ (ˈɡɪzəd) /
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 for gizzard
C14: from Old North French guisier fowl's liver, alteration of Latin gigēria entrails of poultry when cooked, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for gizzard
[ gĭz′ərd ]
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.
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