- Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, especially a calf or a lamb, used for food.
- Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the thymus gland of such an animal, used for food.
Origin of sweetbread
Related Words for sweetbreadheart, marrow, stomach, tongue, tripe, brains, chitlins, chitterlings, giblets, gizzard, kidneys, liver, pancreas, sweetbread, testis, thymus
Examples from the Web for sweetbread
Historical Examples of sweetbread
The lamb's fry should be nearly all sweetbread, and very little liver.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Then put in the sweetbread and ham, and enough stock to mix nicely.The Skilful Cook
Harris, wrinkled as a sweetbread and thin as an umbrella, blinked at Cassy.The Paliser case
Perhaps if you could get me a sweetbread I might manage a few morsels.Nell, of Shorne Mills
And then for her supper she had a sweetbread—a sweetbread and bacon.Good Old Anna
Marie Belloc Lowndes
- the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
Word Origin for sweetbread
"pancreas used as food" 1560s, from sweet (adj.); the -bread element may be from Old English bræd "flesh."