giz·zard | \ˈgi-zərd \

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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Get the homemade merguez sausage and duck gizzard cassoulet. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 Chop the duck’s neck, gizzard and heart into pieces of 1 1/2 inches or less (do not use the liver; reserve it for another purpose or discard it). Heat the oil in a 2-quart pot and brown the duck pieces with 1 carrot and 1 onion. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Ham hocks, neck bones, gizzards, and other animal parts unwanted by white families found their way into black kitchens by necessity; unsung black cooks turned these disparate bits into craveable dishes. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Their diets are the fish that people don't care about like carp, gizzard shad, and others. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' own 'Fish Whisperer' catches an 8-foot alligator gar in the Trinity River," 18 June 2018 The heart muscle, specifically, supplies critical amino acids like carnitine and taurine. + Chicken gizzards. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "4 Holistic Vets Reveal Exactly What They Feed Their Dogs," 5 Apr. 2017 In the chicken heart and gizzard salad ($14), the offals are well mixed (or disguised) with whole new potatoes, peas, pickles cut into thin coins, chopped olives and aioli. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Che Fico lives up to hype as most anticipated newcomer," 8 June 2018 What the place lacks are the seasonal fish that can make a sushi excursion really memorable: gizzard shad, striped jack, firefly squid. New York Times, "Japanese Seafood Without the Painful Price Tag, at Wokuni," 22 May 2018 Inspections by biologists found nearly were gizzard shad, a type of herring, that are easily affected by significant fluctuations in spring temperatures, the Post-Standard in Syracuse reported. Joseph Spector, USA TODAY, "Happy Spring: Temperatures fell to 6 degrees in New York," 9 Apr. 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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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 \

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 \

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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