gu·​lar ˈg(y)ü-lər How to pronounce gular (audio)
: of, relating to, or situated on the throat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some birds also utilize a tactic called gular fluttering, vibrating their neck muscles while their mouths are open to regulate their internal temperatures, according to Nat Seavy, the director of migration science for National Audubon Society’s Migratory Bird Initiative. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 The dolphin reorients the fish while still pulling the lip down and expanding the gular area apparently eliciting intraoral pressure reduction, yet the fish almost escapes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 The way pelicans cool off, Naish and Stiteler said, is by holding the beak open while fluttering the gular pouch with each breath, somewhat similar to how dogs pant – but more efficiently and without loss of body fluids. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Frigate birds soar above us, their balloon-like red gular pouches inflated below their beaks. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Aug. 2019 There is a myth that pelicans use their large, flexible gular pouch to store food. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2019

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Word History


Latin gula throat — more at glutton

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gular was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Gular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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