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

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Examples of gristle in a Sentence

a cheap piece of meat, full of gristle and fat
Recent Examples on the Web When cool enough to handle, strip them of their meat and toss the skin, gristle, and bones, reserving both the meat and the concentrated broth. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get cooking: Science closing in on number of genes in the apple genome," 4 Dec. 2019 Turning urban gristle into beauty The dollars have transformed weedy hillsides, crumbling riverbanks, and old debris landfills into surprisingly beautiful landscapes. Steven Litt,, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 This connective tissue changes during cooking and adds texture – and gristle – to meat. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 As for that gristle: Raise your napkin to your mouth, spit it inside and discreetly fold the napkin over it in your lap. Carolyne Zinko,, "Techies change the world, but can they choose the right knife and fork?," 3 July 2018 It’s thick-cut, with a little fat and a little gristle, and super tender, juicy white meat. Kara Baskin,, "Getting Salty with Damon Lequin of Eastern Standard," 11 June 2018 One snip of the scissors and the fat fell away, leaving an incredibly tender steak blessedly free of the greasy gristle and chewy char found on the other steaks my parents tried to force on me. Bill Daley,, "In praise of filet mignon: Maligned by chefs yet still beloved," 14 June 2018 The girls are also given more origin-story gristle. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 Tear pork into shaggy pieces, discarding any sections of fat or gristle, and return meat to pot with cooking liquid. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Butternut Squash," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of gristle was before the 12th century

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“Gristle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gristle

: tough matter in meat that is difficult to eat


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gristly \ ˈgris-​lē \ adjective


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