gris·​tle | \ ˈgri-səl How to pronounce gristle (audio) , -zəl How to pronounce gristle (audio) \

Definition of gristle

: cartilage broadly : tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats

Examples of gristle in a Sentence

a cheap piece of meat, full of gristle and fat
Recent Examples on the Web You'll get chewed up and spit out like a hunk of gristle. Sam Gillette,, 16 Feb. 2022 My wife got the brisket and turkey which were both smoky but the brisket had a titch too much gristle. cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 While the pork knuckle is still warm, separate the meat from the bone; discard the bone with the fat, and the gristle. Kate Krader, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 There’s gristle to Druig’s (Barry Keoghan) slim portion of the story. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 This surpasses international standards of biodegradability and eliminates wasted fuel for burning off gristle and grit. Chris Hachey, BGR, 25 May 2021 The high heat delivered a crispy gristle on the steak that sealed in the seasoning like a blanket and allowed the beef flavor to stand out more than the fuel. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Feb. 2021 Remove as much fat, gristle, fascia—anything but muscle—since fat and other non-muscle parts can oxidize quicker and spoil meat. Jack Hennessy, Outdoor Life, 3 Dec. 2020 At the end of the meal, our colleague finished his entire steak except the gristle. Dalton Ross,, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gristle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gristle

Middle English gristil, from Old English gristle; akin to Middle Low German gristel gristle

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“Gristle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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