gul·​let | \ˈgə-lət \

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

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There’s something comforting in seeing sparks light up the gullet of the earth. Cate Mcquaid,, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018 Oil was no longer just the lubricant easing a bite of steak down your gullet, nor merely a boiling cesspool from which French fries and doughnuts emerged. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s olive oil craze: rooted in the far north counties," 7 June 2018 The name for the garganelli pasta shape is derived from a northern Italian dialect meaning chicken gullet., "Fill up on this Old Fourth Ward pasta dish, back by popular demand," 24 Feb. 2018 At Bird’s, those diners can feel safe knowing the oysters only took a short ride before reaching their gullets. Andy Staples,, "Willie Taggart Reflects on the Winding Road to His Dream Job," 12 Feb. 2018 Instead of feeling good, my formerly beloved vino and vodka would only set my gullet aflame. NBC News, "What's like to give up alcohol in a 'wine mom' world," 6 Jan. 2018 The eponymous maw of the largemouth bass — and the fish’s ability to suck prey into that gaping gullet in a rapacious strike — are part of the lore and legend of the bass to the many anglers who pursue it. James Gorman, New York Times, "How It Works: The Large Mouth of the Largemouth Bass," 26 Dec. 2017 The burger empathizes with both your wallet and your gullet. Oset Babur, GQ, "The Best Fine Dining Burgers Are a Gift to Us All," 22 Oct. 2017 As anyone who proudly and publicly toted around a worn plastic jug during their obligatory bodybuilding phase in high school can attest, this can be an uncomfortable amount of water to get down your gullet in a 24-hour period. Jay Willis, GQ, "Tom Brady Drinks Too Much Water," 25 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gullet

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


gul·​let | \ˈgə-lət \

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gul·​let | \ˈgəl-ət \

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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