Definition of gastrolith in English:
1 Zoology A small stone swallowed by a bird, reptile, or fish to aid digestion in the gizzard.
- One of the avian characteristics of the emus is that they also eat small stones (called gastroliths or gizzard stones).
- The presence of gastroliths (gizzard stones) in the rib cages of some specimens shows that this view is correct.
- Such stomach stones or gastroliths have been reported from the gut regions or found nearby of prosauropods, sauropods and ornithopods.
Definition of gastrolith in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.