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gizzard


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gizzard  \Giz"zard\,  n.  [F.  g['e]sier,  L.  gigeria,  pl.,  the 
  cooked  entrails  of  poultry.  Cf  {Gigerium}.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  second  or  true,  muscular  stomach  of  birds,  in 
  which  the  food  is  crushed  and  ground,  after  being  softened 
  in  the  glandular  stomach  (crop),  or  lower  part  of  the 
  esophagus;  the  gigerium. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  thick  muscular  stomach  found  in  many  invertebrate 
  animals. 
  b  A  stomach  armed  with  chitinous  or  shelly  plates  or 
  teeth,  as  in  certain  insects  and  mollusks. 
 
  {Gizzard  shad}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  American  herring  ({Dorosoma 
  cepedianum})  resembling  the  shad,  but  of  little  value. 
 
  {To  fret  the  gizzard},  to  harass;  to  vex  one's  self  to 
  worry.  [Low]  --Hudibras. 
 
  {To  stick  in  one's  gizzard},  to  be  difficult  of  digestion;  to 
  be  offensive.  [Low] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gizzard 
  n  :  thick-walled  muscular  pouch  below  the  crop  in  many  birds  and 
  reptiles  for  grinding  food  [syn:  {ventriculus},  {gastric 
  mill}] 




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