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 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, "How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench," 18 Jan. 2020 Oregon State is better against the run The common thought heading into the game is Oregon will line up and try to run the ball down Oregon State’s gullet, just like last year. oregonlive, "Five reasons Oregon State could beat Oregon in Saturday’s 123rd Civil War, and the pick," 30 Nov. 2019 And if that doesn’t do it, try the wine cellar for a gullet of the other good stuff. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "All snow, all the time at Utah’s new ski paradise for diehards," 31 Oct. 2019 Walnuts also feature as a filling of another appetizer worth ordering: the meaty, yet vegan, eggplant rolls ($14), which squeak between your teeth like fresh cheese curds, but feel much healthier going down the gullet. Soleil Ho,, "The Bay Area’s first Georgian restaurant shines with cheese pulls and chokhas," 15 Aug. 2019 In several shots, the crocodile appears to have completely disappeared down the python’s gullet, but upon closer inspection, viewers can discern the end of the animal’s spiked tail peeking out of the snake’s mouth. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See a Python Swallow a Crocodile Whole," 12 July 2019 An environmental envoi, perhaps, with Buzz washed up on a beach alongside other jetsam, or clogging the gullet of a whale? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Toy Story 4” Plays It Again," 21 June 2019 With each turn of a card, the next act is revealed, and in a flash the world can end, devoured in the misshapen gullet of an entity beyond mortal comprehension. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 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

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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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“Gullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gullet

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


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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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