gizzards'

gizzard

[giz-erd]
noun Zoology.
1.
Also called ventriculus. a thick-walled, muscular pouch in the lower stomach of many birds and reptiles that grinds food, often with the aid of ingested stones or grit.
2.
Also called gastric mill. a similar structure in the foregut of arthropods and several other invertebrates, often lined with chitin and small teeth.
3.
the innards or viscera collectively, especially the intestine and stomach.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English giser < Old French giser, gezier (French gésier) < Vulgar Latin *gigerium; compare Latin gigeria, gizeria giblets, perhaps ultimately < Iranian; compare Persian jigar liver

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gizzard (ˈɡɪzəd)
 
n
1.  the thick-walled part of a bird's stomach, in which hard food is broken up by muscular action and contact with grit and small stones
2.  a similar structure in many invertebrates
3.  informal the stomach and entrails generally
 
[C14: from Old North French guisier fowl's liver, alteration of Latin gigēria entrails of poultry when cooked, of uncertain origin]

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gizzard
"stomach of a bird," 1373, from O.Fr. giser, probably from V.L. *gicerium, from L. gigeria (neut. pl.) "cooked entrails of a fowl," a delicacy in ancient Rome. Parasitic -d added 1500s. Later extended to other animals, and, jocularly, to human beings.
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gizzard   (gĭz'ərd)  Pronunciation Key 
A muscular pouch behind the stomach in birds. It has a thick lining and often contains swallowed sand or grit, which helps in the mechanical breakdown of food.
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