en·​trail | \ ˈen‧trəl, -rāl \
plural -s

Definition of entrail

1 archaic : an internal part of an animal body
2 entrails plural : bowels, guts, viscera
3 entrails plural : the interior or internal parts of something hairy entrails of the sofa— Berton Roueché whole mountains had their entrails torn out— Wyn Roberts

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First Known Use of entrail

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entrail

Middle English entraille, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin intralia, alteration of Latin interanea, plural of interaneum intestine, from neuter of interaneus interior (akin to Latin inter between) + -aneus (as in extraneus external)

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“Entrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrail. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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