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 Smithwick Perfect 10s and the Rapala Husky Jerk HJ14s have been the most popular lures, with blue-silver, orange-yellow and purple-pink color patterns matching the gizzard shad the walleye are feeding on. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Steelhead trout run is on; Lake Erie walleye limits within reach: Fishing Report for Nov. 15," 15 Nov. 2019 The gizzards have a hefty chew, and don’t go seeking creamy livers in a light coating here. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 Chop up the gizzard and heart and shred the meat from the neckbone. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Set the table early, and other pro tips for Thanksgiving hosts," 17 Nov. 2019 Wan and Yuen hope to introduce specials at Avanti like barbecued char siu pork, chicken gizzard skewers and scallion crepes known as jian bing. Josie Sexton, The Know, "A new fast-casual Chinese food spot in Denver wants to take on Panda Express," 23 Oct. 2019 Fall also brings a special treat for the fish, and consequently for the fishermen, as all the countless fry-size gizzard shad hatched in spring grow to edible size and begin to feed on plankton at the surface as the water cools. Frank Sargeant, al, "Fry-size shad provide tasty treat for bass and anglers," 15 Sep. 2019 The second, a thunderdome of muscle called the gizzard, grinds up the food with the help of small stones. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019 Many fish that were small then have grown into adults since, and the nearly endless food supply in the lake, made up of billions of gizzard shad and other baitfish, helps them to grow fast. Frank Sargeant,, "Lake Guntersville returns to glory in Bassmaster Magazine national rankings," 3 July 2019 The rocky particles in their gut may help to grind up things like krill, similar to the way grit in a bird’s gizzard works. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Two Newly Described Worms Have Really Strange, Yet Marvelous Butts," 21 June 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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10 Dec 2019

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“Gizzard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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