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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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 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 Last year’s winner, Godshelter Oluwalogbon, says sales at his Nigerian food truck at the corner of Second Avenue between 44th and 45th streets in Midtown grew 40% as tourists flocked to sample his stewed goat and sautéed gizzard. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Vendy Awards Recognize City’s Best Food Truck or Cart," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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