gizzard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gizzard thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular Campbell's Soup in Hong Kong is watercress and duck gizzard.
    • Gizzard (Zoöl) A stomach armed with chitinous or shelly plates or teeth, as in certain insects and mollusks.
    • Gizzard (Zoöl) A thick muscular stomach found in many invertebrate animals.
    • Gizzard (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gizzard The second stomach of a bird, not counting the crop or craw as the first; the bulbous or muscular stomach (ventriculus bulbosus), succeeding the proventriculus and succeeded by the duodenum; the gigerium. In most birds, especially those which feed upon grain or hard seeds, it is very thick and muscular, and lined with tough leathery (or even bony) epithelium, the organ thus forming a powerful grinding-mill in which the food is triturated after being mixed with the gastric juice of the preceding glandular stomach.
    • n gizzard The proventriculus or first true stomach of insects, generally armed inside with horny teeth. See cut under Blattidæ.—
    • n gizzard The stomach of some mollusks, as Bullidæ, when muscular and hardened.—
    • n gizzard Figuratively, temper: now only in the phrase to fret one's gizzard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gizzard giz′ard the muscular stomach of a bird.
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.”
  • Samuel Pepys
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    “I find my wife hath something in her gizzard, that only waits an opportunity of being provoked to bring up; but I will not, for my content-sake, give it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gésier, L. gigeria, pl., the cooked entrails of poultry. Cf. Gigerium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. giser—O. Fr. gezier—L. gigerium, only in pl. gigeria, cooked entrails of poultry.

Usage

In literature:

I have got a weak, soft place somewhere in my gizzard; I don't know where; if I did, I'd cut it out.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
He went back under water and cut out the saurian's gizzard with the heat-ray.
"The Wealth of Echindul" by Noel Miller Loomis
I'd sort of like to let off my campaign guns into your dirty gizzard!
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I'll split your gizzard, stuff it with To-To leaves and send you to the Rumi for their breakfast with my compliments!
"Narakan Rifles, About Face!" by Jan Smith
An inscrutable Providence had seen fit to omit putting any "sand in their gizzards," as the boys expressed it.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
I've got a hundred questions I want to ask you, but ain't goin' to do it on an empty gizzard.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
But yo' yaller hammers allers git the ager when ever a cap's busted, and run yer rabbit-gizzards out.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
He would have to deposit us and our luggage at Chicken-Gizzard Creek.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Cut four snipes in two lengthwise, remove the gizzards, put the trails aside, and season the birds with salt and cayenne.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
Instead, a strong gizzard inside grinds the food.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
The shoes had been handed to Gizzard; but the moment Sube got his eyes on them he politely offered to relieve Gizzard of the burden.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
I'd whet up my teeth on a brick-bat an' bite myse'f in my own gizzard an' die.
"The Ten-foot Chain" by Achmed Abdullah
Parboil the liver, heart, and gizzard, in a little stew pan.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
He said it was true, at any rate, but Granny decided that gizzard wasn't as romantic as a rose tree, even if it did rhyme with wizard.
"The Third Class at Miss Kaye's" by Angela Brazil
A gizzard is present in a few forms.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Every child should know how many stomachs, bowels and gizzards there are in the fully equipped cow or horse.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
The mouth is minute and the pharynx is always suctorial, never gizzard-like.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
It does not, therefore, need a large crop in which to soak its food before it passes into the gizzard.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
Ye'd hev spiled the whole game, an' like as not got yer gizzard ripped.
"The Secret Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
This bolus is surrounded, as by a bag, by the cast-up lining of the gizzard.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

Then suddenly he smells a suiphery smell;
Then he sees a big gigantic lizzard,
With smoke coming out of its eyes and its ear'oles,
And flames coming out of its gizzard.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
Trailing its telltale tatters only at the outermost
Fringe of mundane vision, this ghost goes
Hand aloft, goodbye, goodbye, not down
Into the rocky gizzard of the earth,
But toward a region where our thick atmosphere
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath
Sticks in me gizzard. Some blokes sees no wrong
In workin' points, an' thinks it bonzer sport
To trifle with a wife's belief, so long
As they ain't cort.
But, when yeh play the game on dead straight lines,
It 'urts to be accused uv base designs.
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis

In news:

A chicken neck and gizzards.
A number of Gizzard shad have been found dead along the shores at Gardner Lake.
When I shopped, I found gizzards but not chicken necks, so I bought wings instead.
Thousands of dead gizzard shad in Dunkirk harbor.
Fish kill of gizzard shad reported on Oneida Lake in Bridgeport (updated).
David Lemon, the DEC's regional fisheries manager for Region 7, said this afternoon that there's a fish kill involving "tens of thousands" of gizzard shad on the shore of Oneida Lake in Bridgeport.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials are currently investigating the increase in Gizzard Shad in Iowa Lakes.
(AP) — A fisherman from Douglas has broken the state record for Wyoming's biggest gizzard shad.
(AP) — A fisherman from Douglas has broken the state record for Wyoming's biggest gizzard shad .
For the second time this year, Wyoming's gizzard shad state record has been broken.
Obelisk pairs bigoli—thick whole-wheat pasta—with duck-gizzard ragu, its traditional accompaniment.
It possible to fry all types of food: from gizzards to shrimp to vegetables.
Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard 10K.
2 Rock Cornish Game Hens without gizzards.
1 (10- to 12-pound) turkey, neck, gizzard and heart removed.
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