alimentary canal

noun
variants: or less commonly alimentary tract

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Recent Examples on the Web 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alimentary%20canal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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alimentary canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alimentary canal

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

alimentary canal

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

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alimentary canal

noun
variants: or alimentary tract

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