go·​nad | \ˈgō-ˌnad \

Definition of gonad 

: a reproductive gland (such as an ovary or testis) that produces gametes

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Other Words from gonad

gonadal \ gō-​ˈna-​dᵊl \ adjective

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Various hypotheses have been proposed, including the idea that dangling gonads are a way to signal virility and good health, but none are satisfactory. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 The spiders’ gonads are in their legs — and so are their guts. James Gorman, New York Times, "Breathe Deep: How the Antarctic Sea Spider Gets Oxygen," 28 May 2018 On the other hand, the uni shooter (a gonad bathed in yuzu), sourced from other waters, was fine though not particularly memorable. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Radio Anago is Brendan Sodikoff’s sushi cave under the deep dark sea . . .," 3 May 2018 Pearlfish go inside the sea cucumbers’ butt and eat their gonads. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018 The Verge spoke with Rabaiotti, Caruso, and Kocak on a conference call about fart-catching devices and gonad-eating parasites. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018 In the past, researchers cut open juvenile turtles to inspect their gonads. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "Climate change is turning 99 percent of these baby sea turtles female," 8 Jan. 2018 Last week, one of them took a field goal to the gonads and barely flinched. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Hit of the Week: Chiefs Cheerleader Absolutely Drilled By Cameraman," 17 Sep. 2017 Even so, the researchers note that reduced food supplies don’t stop these resourceful creatures, which can regrow their gonads once food availability increases. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Surprising Footage Captures Arctic Jellyfish Lurking Under the Ice," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gonad

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gonad

New Latin gonad-, gonas, from Greek gonos

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The first known use of gonad was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of gonad

: a sex organ that produces sperm or eggs : a testicle or an ovary


go·​nad | \ˈgō-ˌnad \

Medical Definition of gonad 

: a gamete-producing reproductive gland (as an ovary or testis)

Other Words from gonad

gonadal \ gō-​ˈnad-​ᵊl \ adjective

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