plural noun
en·​trails | \ ˈen-ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -trəlz \

Definition of entrails

1 : bowels, viscera broadly : internal parts
2 : the inner workings of something the entrails of the movie industry

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Examples of entrails in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one meal, which Nathaniel Philbrick describes, the crew held down a tortoise, cut it open, drank its blood, then started a fire in the tortoise’s shell and cooked it all—including the entrails. Cyler Conrad, Scientific American, "Moby-Dick and the Galápagos Tortoises," 27 Nov. 2020 Inspect the cavity for any remaining entrails, and remove anything that isn’t meat or bones. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry," 15 Oct. 2020 Within a day or two, the masks would be covered in fish blood and entrails and rendered useless. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Rat-infested dorms, contaminated drinking water and wage theft: lawsuit alleges nightmare conditions at Alaska seafood processing plants," 20 Nov. 2020 Avoid piercing the entrails or spine and spilling blood. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry," 15 Oct. 2020 Warm temperatures can cause trout to deteriorate and spoil fast, but removing the entrails will slow that process. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry," 15 Oct. 2020 In 2012 Gezari led a team that observed, with unprecedented detail, a tidal disruption event—a tame name for a black hole ripping apart the entrails of a star that got too close. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Work Took Black Holes from Fantasy to Fact," 8 Oct. 2020 Studio accountants will soon gather, muttering, around the box-office returns, like ancient priests inspecting the entrails of a sheep. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Tenet” is Dazzling, Deft, and Devoid of Feeling," 3 Sep. 2020 The Italianate structure is adjacent to the section of Main Street where local high school juniors and seniors gather each October to smash pumpkins and sled down the slick entrails of the gourds. cleveland, "Chagrin Falls is a day trip that attaches to your heart," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of entrails

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entrails

Middle English entrailles, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin intralia, alteration of Latin interanea, plural of interaneum intestine, from neuter of interaneus interior

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The first known use of entrails was in the 14th century

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28 Jan 2021

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“Entrails.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrails. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entrails

: the internal organs of an animal


noun plural
en·​trails | \ ˈen-ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -trəlz \

Kids Definition of entrails

: the internal parts of an animal


noun plural
en·​trails | \ ˈen-trəlz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) \

Medical Definition of entrails

: the bowels or viscera especially of an animal

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