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
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.
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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: 1565
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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