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gullet

[guhl-it] /ˈgʌl ɪt/
noun
1.
the esophagus.
2.
the throat or pharynx.
3.
a channel for water.
4.
a gully or ravine.
5.
a preparatory cut in an excavation.
6.
a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases.
verb (used with object)
7.
to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English golet < Old French gouletLatin gula throat; see -et
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Examples for gullet
  • Fiery sambals that blast your gullet and soothing chutneys to cool you.
  • Now's your chance to give us a bib and cram your greasy photos down our gullet.
  • The pleasure center of caviar is the palate, not the gullet.
  • If you drink it, it will corrode your gullet before it poisons you.
  • It was so cold down there, you couldn't shove a shell into the gullet of a piece of artillery or a missile into a silo.
  • The thrasher then throws these items into its throat and gullet with a small, backward movement of its head.
  • The goal of the game is apparently to land one of these candies in the gullet of a human being.
  • If one accidentally gets shot down your gullet, they're non-toxic, but not recommended as a supplement to your daily diet.
  • The gullet must be large enough to store all the shavings until the gullet clears the log and the shavings fall free.
  • As in mammals, the mouth is connected to the esophagus, also called the goozle or gullet.
British Dictionary definitions for gullet

gullet

/ˈɡʌlɪt/
noun
1.
a less formal name for the oesophagus related adjective oesophageal
2.
the throat or pharynx
3.
(mining, quarrying) a preliminary cut in excavating, wide enough to take the vehicle that removes the earth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French goulet, diminutive of goule throat, from Latin gula throat
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Word Origin and History for gullet
gullet
c.1300, from O.Fr. goulet, dim. of goule "throat, neck," from L. gula "throat," from PIE base *gel- "swallow" (cf. L. gluttire "to gulp down, devour," O.E. ceole "throat," O.C.S. glutu "gullet," O.Ir. gelim "I devour").
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gullet in Medicine

gullet gul·let (gŭl'ĭt)
n.

  1. The esophagus.

  2. The throat.

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