Definitions for gizzardˈgɪz ərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

giz•zardˈgɪz ərd(n.)

  1. Category: Anatomy, Zoology

    Ref: Also called ventriculus.

  2. a similar structure in the foregut of arthropods and annelids, often lined with chitin and small teeth.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  3. the innards or viscera collectively, esp. the intestine and stomach.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of gizzard:

1325–75; ME giser < OF giser, gezier < VL *gigerium; cf. L gigeria, gizeria giblets, prob. ult. < Iranian

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gizzard, ventriculus, gastric mill(noun)

    thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food

Wiktionary

  1. gizzard(Noun)

    A portion of the esophagus of either a bird or an annelid that contains ingested grit and is used to grind up ingested food before it is transferred to the stomach.

  2. Origin: From giser, gezier et al. (French gésier), from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gizzard(noun)

    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. Gizzard(noun)

    a thick muscular stomach found in many invertebrate animals

  3. Gizzard(noun)

    a stomach armed with chitinous or shelly plates or teeth, as in certain insects and mollusks

Freebase

  1. Gizzard

    The gizzard, also referred to as the ventriculus, gastric mill, and gigerium, is an organ found in the digestive tract of some animals, including archosaurs, earthworms, some gastropods and some fish. This specialized stomach constructed of thick, muscular walls is used for grinding up food; often rocks are instrumental in this process. In certain insects and mollusks, the gizzard features chitinous plates or teeth.

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