gizzard

noun
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

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The second, a thunderdome of muscle called the gizzard, grinds up the food with the help of small stones. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019 Many fish that were small then have grown into adults since, and the nearly endless food supply in the lake, made up of billions of gizzard shad and other baitfish, helps them to grow fast. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Lake Guntersville returns to glory in Bassmaster Magazine national rankings," 3 July 2019 The rocky particles in their gut may help to grind up things like krill, similar to the way grit in a bird’s gizzard works. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Two Newly Described Worms Have Really Strange, Yet Marvelous Butts," 21 June 2019 The different ways plastics enter your system Microplastics can get into your system via, among other things, honey, sugar, rice, pasta, bread, milk, utensils, cutlery, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and chicken gizzards. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Here’s how you eat a credit card’s worth of plastic each week," 15 June 2019 To prepare your turkey for roasting, remove the giblets, gizzard, liver, and neck from the cavity, then tuck the wing tips back behind its body. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Remove giblets, liver, gizzard, and neck from the cavities, but set aside neck. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 The 150-seat spot also rolls an array of soul food staples, such as cheese grits, collard greens, yams and fried gizzards, livers and giblets. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians 2018: 88 bars, restaurants near Progressive Field," 6 Apr. 2018 Use the turkey gizzards and neck bone to make stock and stuffing. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Roast a Turkey if You've Never Done It Before," 20 Nov. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gizzard

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

gizzard

noun
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

gizzard

noun
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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