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sweetbread

[sweet-bred] /ˈswitˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, especially a calf or a lamb, used for food.
2.
Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the thymus gland of such an animal, used for food.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; sweet + bread
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British Dictionary definitions for sweet-bread

sweetbread

/ˈswiːtˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
Word Origin
C16: sweet + bread, perhaps from Old English brǣd meat; related to Old Saxon brādo ham, Old High German brāt, Old Norse brāth
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Word Origin and History for sweet-bread

sweetbread

n.

"pancreas used as food" 1560s, from sweet (adj.); the -bread element may be from Old English bræd "flesh."

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