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[gris-uh l] /ˈgrɪs əl/
cartilage, especially in meats.
Origin of gristle
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristal; akin to Old English grost cartillage Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gristle
  • Another is to stand on your head and eat a piece of gristle.
  • Remove skin and gristle from cooked corned beef, then chop the meat.
  • Other than not eating the fatty gristle on a ribeye, they do not diet.
  • It consisted of one piece of gristle followed by another.
  • Or perhaps you're still recovering from a traumatic encounter with a mouthful of gristle.
  • The butcher began to cut through the bone and gristle of a goat leg.
  • Further, the report gives us a little morsel---or gristle, as it were---to chew on about the future.
  • Surely the kids deserve a bit more gristle in this candid day and age.
  • The food thermometer should be placed in the thickest part of the food and should not be touching bone, fat, or gristle.
  • Insert the food thermometer in the center of the meat away from bone, fat, or gristle.
British Dictionary definitions for gristle


cartilage, esp when in meat
Derived Forms
gristly, adjective
gristliness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gristle; related to Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristel
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Word Origin and History for gristle

Old English gristle "cartilage," related to grost "gristle," from a common West Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German gristel, Old High German crostila, Middle High German gruschel) of obscure origin.

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