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gizzard

[giz-erd]
noun Zoology.
  1. 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.
  2. Also called gastric mill. a similar structure in the foregut of arthropods and several other invertebrates, often lined with chitin and small teeth.
  3. 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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Related Words for gizzards

heart, marrow, stomach, tongue, tripe, brains, chitlins, chitterlings, giblets, gizzard, kidneys, liver, pancreas, sweetbread, testis, thymus

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British Dictionary definitions for gizzards

gizzard

noun
  1. 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
  2. a similar structure in many invertebrates
  3. informal the stomach and entrails generally
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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
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Word Origin and History for gizzards

gizzard

n.

"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.

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gizzards in Science

gizzard

[gĭzərd]
  1. 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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