alimentary canal

variants: or less commonly alimentary tract

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Examples of alimentary canal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Technically speaking, the human body is a donut, and the alimentary canal—leading from our mouths all the way down to our anuses —is the hole in the center. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 These then get snared in their alimentary canals, cannot be broken down by the animals’ digestive enzymes and may ultimately kill them. The Economist, 12 Mar. 2020 The webbed contraption looks something like an unraveled alimentary canal — esophagus, stomach and intestines. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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

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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