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gill

noun \ ˈjil \

Definition of gill

:a unit of liquid capacity equal to four fluid ounces — see Weights and Measures Table

Origin and Etymology of gill

Middle English gille, from Medieval Latin gillus, from Late Latin gillo, gello water pot


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gill

noun \ ˈgil \

Definition of gill

1 :an organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water
2 a :3wattle
b :the flesh under or about the chin or jaws usually used in plural
c :one of the radiating plates forming the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom fungus

gilled

play \ˈgild\ adjective
to the gills
:as full or as much as possible
  • a suitcase packed to the gills

Origin and Etymology of gill

Middle English gile, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish gäl gill, Old Norse gjǫlnar lips; akin to Greek chelynē lip, jawbone


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gill

verb \ ˈgil \

Definition of gill

transitive verb
intransitive verb
of fish :to become entangled in a gill net

giller

noun

First Known Use of gill

1884

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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gill

noun \ ˈgil \

Definition of gill

1 British :ravine
2 British :a narrow stream or rivulet

Origin and Etymology of gill

Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil; akin to Old High German gil hernia


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gill

noun, often capitalized \ ˈjil \

Definition of gill

Origin and Etymology of gill

Middle English, from Gill, nickname for Gillian


GILL Defined for Kids

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gill

noun \ ˈjil \

Definition of gill for Students

:a unit of liquid capacity equal to a quarter of a pint (about 120 milliliters)

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gill

noun \ ˈgil \

Definition of gill for Students

:an organ (as of a fish) for taking oxygen from water

Medical Dictionary

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gill

noun \ ˈjil \

medical Definition of gill

:either of two units of capacity:
a :a British unit equal to ¹/₄ imperial pint or 8.669 cubic inches
b :a United States liquid unit equal to ¹/₄ United States liquid pint or 7.218 cubic inches

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gill

noun \ ˈgil \

medical Definition of gill

1 :an organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water
2 :one of the radiating plates forming the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom

gilled

play \ˈgild\ adjective


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