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[en-treylz, -truh lz] /ˈɛn treɪlz, -trəlz/
plural noun
the internal parts of the trunk of an animal body.
the intestines.
the internal parts of anything:
the entrails of a machine.
Origin of entrails
early Medieval Latin
1250-1300; Middle English entrailles < Anglo-French, Middle French < Vulgar Latin *interālia (compare early Medieval Latin intrālia), alteration, by suffix change (see -al1), of Latin interānea guts, neuter plural of interāneus; see inter-, -an, -eous
viscera, intestines, insides, innards, guts. Unabridged
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  • But for pure, honest “leaf” lard not a bit of entrail fat should be mixed with the flakes.

    Home Pork Making A. W. Fulton
  • A piece of the entrail escapes, and as it floats away it swells and swells.

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  • His side had been ripped open and fragments of entrail projected from the rent.

    Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
British Dictionary definitions for entrail


plural noun
the internal organs of a person or animal; intestines; guts
the innermost parts of anything
Word Origin
C13: from Old French entrailles, from Medieval Latin intrālia, changed from Latin interānea intestines, ultimately from inter between
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Word Origin and History for entrail



c.1300, from Old French entrailles (12c.), from Late Latin intralia "inward parts, intestines" (8c.), from Latin interanea, neuter plural of interaneus "internal, that which is within," from inter "between, among" (see inter-).

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entrail in Medicine

entrails en·trails (ěn'trālz', -trəlz)
The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.

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