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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Yellow perch fishing finally returns to western Lake Erie: Northeast Ohio Fishing Report for the weekend of Friday, July 31," 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, "How to Flyfish for Walleyes at Night," 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, "8 Ways to Prepare Snow Goose Meat," 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, "Love Handle, Patachou, Bluebeard and Beholder are in the running for James Beard Awards," 26 Feb. 2020 Fish include white perch, yellow perch, sheepshead, walleye and gizzard mud. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Fishbrain app reveals the 10 best places to fish in metro Detroit," 21 Jan. 2020 Patrick said after picking up lunch to go at Hannibal’s Soul Kitchen in Charleston’s East Side, where the specials that day were stewed gizzards, liver and onions, and cabbage., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 22 Nov. 2019 There’s giblets and gizzards for those who dig the variety bits. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 There is no direct turkey substitute, with breast and legs and neck and gizzard. Carolyn Said,, "Turkey or Tofurky? Fake meat proliferates at Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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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