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noun, plural gur·ges [gur-jeez] /ˈgɜr dʒiz/.
  1. a whirlpool.
  2. Also gorge. Also called whirlpool. Heraldry. a charge covering the entire field of an escutcheon and having the form either of a spirallike scroll or of a number of concentric rings, the whole field having two tinctures.
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verb (used without object), gurged, gurg·ing.
  1. to swirl like a whirlpool.
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Origin of gurge

First recorded in 1515–25, gurge is from the Latin word gurges whirlpool
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Historical Examples of gurges

  • The sight of its heavy verdure and of its gurges heaped high with froth lifts them like immortal thoughts.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877


  • Sinus duo sunt maiores, vastque; alter is, qui S. Laurentij gurges; alter, qui Francius appellatur.

Word Origin and History for gurges


1660s, from Latin gurges, literally "whirlpool" (see regurgitation).

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