Definition of entrails in English:

entrails

plural noun

  • 1A person's or animal's intestines or internal organs, especially when removed or exposed:

    ‘a priest would find omens in the steaming entrails of a sacrificed animal’
    • ‘You could count the pulsing intestines and gleaming entrails in his breast.’
    • ‘In some cases, entrails of slaughtered animals are served back to others ‘stuck in the queue’ at slaughterhouses.’
    • ‘Much to my disappointment, however, this did not involve the use of animal entrails or crystal balls.’
    • ‘I must confess I had no choice but to remove the rabbit's entrails and bones with my teeth.’
    • ‘In the deluxe version, the brain was generally extracted down the nose and the entrails removed before the hollow body was dried out with salts.’
    • ‘There was also a Santeria altar, upon which animal entrails had been arrayed in hopes of bringing ill fortune to several people listed on an attached piece of paper.’
    • ‘One had exposed entrails, like blood-flecked sausage.’
    • ‘The original umbles were the innards of the deer: the liver, heart, entrails and other second-class bits.’
    • ‘All of them are relatively large parcels of offal mixed with cereal and enclosed in some suitable wrapping from an animal's entrails, usually the stomach.’
    • ‘He would make one long incision - the length of the carcass - so that the entrails could be removed.’
    • ‘Once the blood has drained, the stall-owner plucks off the feathers, removes the entrails and hands the bird over in a bag.’
    • ‘The 56-foot dead whale had been on a truck headed for an autopsy at a university earlier this week, when gases from internal decay caused its entrails to explode in the southern city of Tainan.’
    • ‘The function of the haruspices was divination of the future from the entrails of sacrificial animals.’
    • ‘It's not quite trying to divining the future from animal entrails, but I wouldn't use it as the most definitive measure of economic life in the Valley.’
    • ‘Divination was accomplished by ‘reading’ the appearance and arrangement of the entrails of newly sacrificed animals such as chickens and sheep.’
    • ‘It has become conventional-almost expected-that we should play the role of seer, cast the oracle bones, and examine the entrails of animals.’
    • ‘Battles were presented by having the men in white coats chopping up real animal entrails.’
    • ‘A large gash across the old male's abdomen glistened, his entrails exposed to the sun.’
    • ‘In ancient Rome, emperors would divine truth by reading the entrails of animals or vanquished foes.’
    • ‘Seers interpreted claps of thunder, lightning flashes or the condition of a sacrificed animal's entrails.’
    intestines, internal organs, bowels, guts, vital organs, viscera
    offal
    insides, innards
    numbles
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    1. 1.1 The innermost parts of something:
      ‘digging copper out of the entrails of the earth’
      • ‘The dungeon is more like a catacomb, linking a series of tableaux that expose the grisliest entrails of York's history.’
      • ‘They descend, director and characters together, into the anal entrails and Sadean viscera of war.’
      • ‘To my horror, Tulsi Pipe Road was now shamefully dug up, its bowels exposed and the entrails left lying on one side for the world to see.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French entrailles, from medieval Latin intralia, alteration of Latin interanea internal things, based on inter among.

Pronunciation:

entrails

/ˈɛntreɪlz/