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 proventriculusb : 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
Recent Examples of gizzard from the Web
On most Front Range reservoirs the main food source for walleye is gizzard shad.
So far, two American shad, 80 alewife herring, 87 gizzard shad, 12 sea lamprey, 17 American eel, and 1 striped bass — all diadromous — were logged by the video camera that records everything swimming upstream at StanChem.
And this isn't just your average collection of cubed beef; get ready for gnarly cuts like brains, tongue, sweetbreads and gizzards.
Some dishes celebrate the animal parts that the West often snubs: beef tendon and liver in a tangle of flat rice noodles; gizzard and heart submerged in congee; creamy cow brain curry.
What appears to be a fresh gizzard shad — a fish likely from the Mississippi or Minnesota rivers — is visible in the foreground of the video that marked the chick’s first sighting.
The consistency was like veal, but the flavor was more organ meat—like chicken gizzards.
But a bird might swallow a worm with its beak while pulverising it with its gizzard.
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Origin and Etymology of gizzard
alteration of Middle English giser gizzard, liver, from Anglo-French gesir, giser, from Latin gigeria (plural) giblets
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
GIZZARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gizzard for English Language Learners
: a part in the stomach of a bird in which food is broken down into small pieces
GIZZARD Defined for Kids
Definition of gizzard for Students
: a large muscular part of the digestive tract (as of a bird) in which food is churned and ground into small bits
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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