One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A muscular, thick-walled part of a bird's stomach for grinding food, typically with grit.
- ‘Unfortunately, the time that a hard piece of gravel or grit spends in the gizzard can be quite variable: sometimes a few days, sometimes a few months.’
- ‘Place the pigeon breasts, heart, gizzards, and legs in the yogurt and refrigerate overnight.’
- ‘They have been known, like other members of this group, to swallow grit to help grind coarse food in their gizzards.’
- ‘Mammals differ because they expect their teeth to do the work of a gizzard or large, muscular gut.’
- ‘Small crustaceans and young molluscs make up the bulk of their diet, along with algal cells, which are ground up in the muscular gizzard at the beginning of the gut.’
- ‘Herbivorous, granivorous and insectivorous birds have a highly specialized, muscular gizzard with an inner lining of hard cuticle.’
- ‘As there were no crushing teeth in the mouth, vegetation must have been swallowed and then crushed in a gizzard similar to that found in many birds.’
- ‘Chickens need grit in their gizzards to grind up the food they eat so they can get the most nutrition out of it.’
- ‘Historical reports were anecdotal, based on collection of a limited number of individual birds and generating a simple list of food items found in gizzards.’
- ‘Due to their soft food diet, lorikeets have a weak ventricular muscle or gizzard, which is usually used for grinding seeds by other birds.’
- ‘Grit is used by many birds to help them grind their food in their gizzards.’
- ‘It usually contains pebbles and seems to be used for ‘chewing’ in much the same way as a bird's gizzard.’
- ‘Their digestion is also aided by a muscular gizzard containing stones to help break down food’
- ‘Grain is stored in their crops and ground by the grit in their gizzard.’
- ‘They draw out guts, pull livers, cut wings and gizzards, pop thigh bones.’
- 1.1 A muscular stomach of some fish, insects, molluscs, and other invertebrates.
- ‘In Florida, the diet was comprised mainly of fishes, with gizzard shad, bullhead catfish, and small bluegill particularly common.’
- ‘We conducted two mesocosm experiments to determine the effects of sediment feeding by gizzard shad and fish size on nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics.’
- ‘We manipulated sediment access and fish size during two mesocosm experiments to determine how these factors could alter the effects of gizzard shad on phytoplankton.’
- ‘Significant effects of gizzard shad access likely occurred due to the additional surface area provided for periphyton by the mesh netting.’
- ‘Two fish in the gizzard shad-access treatment (two different enclosures) died 8 days following the introduction of fish.’
- ‘Herbivorous fishes posses specialized organs, such as extended guts, pharyngeal mills and gizzards, that allow them to exploit various reef plants and algae.’
- 1.2informal A person's stomach or throat.‘the fans wanted to see him rip the gizzards out of bad guys’
- ‘I washed it down with his Dad's home made wine - it may wipe out my gizzard in the process, but I felt sure it would kill my tastebuds too, and as far as I was concerned, that's all that mattered.’
- ‘What is gnawing at my gizzard?’
- ‘I'm going to tear out his gizzard and feed it to my cat.’
- ‘Master Splinter says it needs another coat, or he'll tear my gizzards out.’
Late Middle English giser: from Old French, based on Latin gigeria ‘cooked entrails of fowl’. The final -d was added in the 16th century.
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