alimentary canal

variants: or less commonly alimentary tract

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Recent Examples on the Web These then get snared in their alimentary canals, cannot be broken down by the animals’ digestive enzymes and may ultimately kill them. The Economist, "Ocean pollution Plastic rubbish smells good to turtles," 12 Mar. 2020 The webbed contraption looks something like an unraveled alimentary canal — esophagus, stomach and intestines. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the Amazon rainforest on fire, Ernesto Neto’s art opens a jungle clearing," 9 Oct. 2019 One way this happens is that the seeds of many species are just the right size and shape to endure passage through the alimentary canals of the animals that swallow them. The Economist, "Lilies tweek their fruit and seeds to ensure their propagation," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of alimentary canal

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Alimentary canal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alimentary canal

: the long tube in the body through which food passes after it is eaten

alimentary canal

al·​i·​men·​ta·​ry canal | \ ˌa-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē-, -ˈmen-trē- \

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alimentary canal

variants: or alimentary tract

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