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 Moshfegh, in her fourth novel, thrives in the mire, a happy little worm sliding dirt down her gullet. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 That piece of bagel that gets stuck halfway down your gullet. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 As in every country where McDonald’s opens restaurants, the chain didn’t just shove its Western offerings down Russia’s gullet. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 On the east side is a billboard displaying stats from the , which has taken place here each July 4 since the ’70s; this year, the reigning champ, Joey Chestnut, shoved 76 sausages and buns down his gullet in 10 minutes. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Nearly all fish feed underwater, and most predatory fish take advantage of the properties of their liquid medium by generating intense suction to hoover their favorite prey down their gullet. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 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 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Gullet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gullet. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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gullet

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

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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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