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gizzard

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noun giz·zard \ˈgi-zərd\

Simple Definition of gizzard

  • : a part in the stomach of a bird in which food is broken down into small pieces

Full Definition of gizzard

  1. 1 a :  the muscular enlargement of the alimentary canal of birds that has usually thick muscular walls and a tough horny lining for grinding the food and when the crop is present follows it and the proventriculus b :  a thickened part of the alimentary canal in some animals (as an insect or an earthworm) that is similar in function to the crop of a bird

  2. 2 :  innards

Origin of gizzard

alteration of Middle English giser gizzard, liver, from Anglo-French gesir, giser, from Latin gigeria (plural) giblets


First Known Use: 1565

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GIZZARD Defined for Kids

gizzard

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noun giz·zard \ˈgi-zərd\

Definition of gizzard

  1. :  a large muscular part of the digestive tract (as of a bird) in which food is churned and ground into small bits




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gizzard

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noun giz·zard \ˈgiz-ərd\

Medical Definition of gizzard

  1. :  the muscular enlargement of the alimentary canal of birds that has usually thick muscular walls and a tough horny lining for churning and grinding the food




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