giz·​zard | \ ˈgi-zərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio) \

Definition of gizzard

1a : 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 : innards

Examples of gizzard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike most yakitori-inclusive spots in the Bay Area, Tori Man offers you plenty of off cuts: knee cap, cartilage, heart, gizzard, and skin bunched up on the skewer like a ribbon. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 Hearts can be seared quickly, like little bite-sized steaks or minced fine along with the liver and gizzard for a batch of dirty rice. Outdoor Life, 8 Mar. 2021 Captain Mike Walker knows the tricks, slow-trolling huge gizzard shad and suckers on heavy tackle over the channel edges. Frank Sargeant, al, 22 Jan. 2021 The smaller walleye are generally being caught closer to shore than their bigger brothers and sisters, feeding on the huge schools of small gizzard shad that have recently moved to the shallows. cleveland, 30 July 2020 During these seasons, walleyes move closer to shore—i.e., within fly-casting range—to gorge on baitfish, such as gizzard shad and emerald shiners. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, 10 Apr. 2020 The gizzards do need to be split and cleaned before cooking, as the bird uses this muscle, along with grit, to grind up seeds for its digestive system. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 2 Apr. 2020 Opened in 2016, the restaurant specializing in off-beat breakfast, brunch and sandwiches such as chicken gizzard hash and beef tongue cheesesteaks is among semi-finalists for outstanding hospitality. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2020 Fish include white perch, yellow perch, sheepshead, walleye and gizzard mud. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gizzard

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gizzard

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

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“Gizzard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gizzard

: a part in the stomach of a bird in which food is broken down into small pieces


giz·​zard | \ ˈgi-zərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio) \

Kids Definition of gizzard

: a large muscular part of the digestive tract (as of a bird) in which food is churned and ground into small bits


giz·​zard | \ ˈgiz-ərd How to pronounce gizzard (audio) \

Medical Definition of gizzard

: 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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