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[gris-uh l]
  1. cartilage, especially in meats.
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Origin of gristle

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristal; akin to Old English grost cartillage
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  1. cartilage, esp when in meat
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Derived Formsgristly, adjectivegristliness, noun

Word Origin

Old English gristle; related to Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristel
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Word Origin and History for gristle


Old English gristle "cartilage," related to grost "gristle," from a common West Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German gristel, Old High German crostila, Middle High German gruschel) of obscure origin.

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