gullet

noun
gul·​let | \ ˈgə-lət How to pronounce gullet (audio) \

Definition of gullet

1 : esophagus broadly : throat
2 : an invagination of the protoplasm in various protozoans (such as a paramecium) that sometimes functions in the intake of food
3 : the space between the tips of adjacent saw teeth

Examples of gullet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Packard was in real danger, Mayo said, if not from the whale's gullet, then from the air pressure in his own lungs as the whale surfaced to spit him out. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 11 June 2021 No one wearing a mask has ever had a June bug blunder down their gullet while talking. Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 There are twists and turns going thisaway and thataway and a series of drains that prevent water from dripping down the 6.4's gullet. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 28 May 2021 Some had deformed wings, useless, and for others, that was all that was left of them — a wing, the rest in the gullet of a bird. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The gullet’s width plays a significant role in how the saddle fits the horse. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2021 An Atlantic puffin has just landed, its beak overflowing with enough fish to fill a pelican’s gullet. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2020 Theoretically, that means a human can stuff an astonishing 84 hot dogs down his or her gullet in 10 minutes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2020 The deep gullets at the base of its teeth keep the blade running cool, and this helps prevent burn marks on the lumber. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gullet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gullet

Middle English golet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of gule throat, from Latin gula — more at glutton

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The first known use of gullet was in the 14th century

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20 Jun 2021

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“Gullet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gullet. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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gullet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gullet

: the tube that leads from the mouth through the throat to the stomach

gullet

noun
gul·​let | \ ˈgə-lət How to pronounce gullet (audio) \

Kids Definition of gullet

gullet

noun
gul·​let | \ ˈgəl-ət How to pronounce gullet (audio) \

Medical Definition of gullet

1 : esophagus broadly : throat
2 : an invagination of the protoplasm in various protozoans (as a paramecium) that sometimes functions in the intake of food

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