gastrolith

noun

gas·​tro·​lith ˈga-strə-ˌlith How to pronounce gastrolith (audio)
: a stone or pebble ingested by an animal and functioning to grind food in gastric digestion

Examples of gastrolith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Display cases also hold opalized freshwater crayfish gastroliths, or yabby buttons, which are found only in Lightning Ridge’s opal mines. Michelle Innis, New York Times, 5 July 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gastrolith was in 1854

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“Gastrolith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrolith. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

gastrolith

noun
gas·​tro·​lith ˈga-strə-ˌlith How to pronounce gastrolith (audio)
: a gastric calculus

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