gizzard

noun

giz·​zard ˈgi-zərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio)
1
a
: the muscular enlargement of the digestive tract of birds that has usually thick muscular walls and a tough horny lining for grinding the food and when the crop is present follows it and the proventriculus
b
: a thickened part of the digestive tract in some animals (such as an insect or an earthworm) that is similar in function to the crop of a bird
2

Examples of gizzard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sage grouse lack a muscular gizzard capable of grinding seeds, so their only use of agricultural fields is to feed on alfalfa. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 Channel cats can be caught on simple baits like white bread, cheese, or chicken gizzards, but as a rule of thumb, the smellier the bait the better. Outdoor Life, 30 Nov. 2023 End of carousel In terms of flavor, the neck, gizzard and heart mostly just taste like poultry dark meat. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 There’s also a thick piece of skin inside the gizzard. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 Technically, giblets are defined as the gizzard (the mechanical stomach of a bird), heart and liver of poultry. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 Remove the neck, heart and gizzards from inside turkey; discard or save for another purpose. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Once at an underwater food source, divers will hunt about until finding a suspect, snatch it up in their strong bill, and rise to the surface, where it’s swallowed whole to be crushed by the bird’s powerful gizzard. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 2 Nov. 2023 In Puerto Rico, green bananas and chicken gizzards are made into an escabeche with onions, allspice and sofrito. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of Middle English giser gizzard, liver, from Anglo-French gesir, giser, from Latin gigeria (plural) giblets

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gizzard was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Gizzard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gizzard. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gizzard

noun
giz·​zard ˈgiz-ərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio)
: a large muscular part of the digestive tube (as of a bird or insect) which has a horny lining and in which food is churned and ground into small pieces

Medical Definition

gizzard

noun
giz·​zard ˈgiz-ərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio)
: the muscular enlargement of the digestive tract of birds that has usually thick muscular walls and a tough horny lining for churning and grinding the food

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