Definition of gizzard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡizərd/


1A muscular, thick-walled part of a bird’s stomach for grinding food, typically with grit. Also called ventriculus.
Example sentences
  • They have been known, like other members of this group, to swallow grit to help grind coarse food in their gizzards.
  • Grit is used by many birds to help them grind their food in their gizzards.
  • They draw out guts, pull livers, cut wings and gizzards, pop thigh bones.
1.1A muscular stomach of some fish, insects, mollusks, and other invertebrates.
Example sentences
  • Two fish in the gizzard shad-access treatment (two different enclosures) died 8 days following the introduction of fish.
  • 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.
1.2 informal A person’s stomach or throat.
Example sentences
  • You and the fox seemed as though you were ready to rip one another's gizzards.


Late Middle English giser: from Old French, based on Latin gigeria 'cooked entrails of fowl'. The final -d was added in the 16th century.

  • The early spelling was giser which is from Old French, based on Latin gigeria ‘cooked entrails of fowl’. The final -d was added in the 16th century.

Words that rhyme with gizzard

blizzard, izard, lizard, vizard, wizard

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Syllabification: giz·zard

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