gib·​let | \ ˈjiblə̇t also ÷ ˈgi-, usually -ə̇t + V\
variants: or less commonly jiblet \ ˈji-​ \
plural -s

Definition of giblet

1 : an edible visceral organ of a fowl usually used in plural
2 giblets plural, archaic : odds and ends : trifles the great ladies with their grace, lace, and giblets— Peter Hawker

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First Known Use of giblet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for giblet

Middle English gibelet entrails, garbage, from Middle French, stew of wildfowl, from Old French (Picardy dialect), probably irregular diminutive of gibier, gebier flesh of birds, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German gebeize hunt using falcons, from beizen to hunt birds with falcons, from Old High German beizzen, causative of bīzan to bite

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