entrail

noun en·trail \ ˈen‧trəl , -rāl \

Definition of entrail

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of 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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