- the second stomach of a bird: it has thick muscular walls and a tough lining for grinding food that has been partially digested in the first stomach
- Informal the stomach: a humorous usage
Origin of gizzardMiddle English giser (+ unhistoric -d) from Old French gisier from Classical Latin gigeria, plural , cooked entrails of poultry from uncertain or unknown; perhaps an Iranian base from source Persian džigar, liver
- A modified muscular pouch behind the stomach in the digestive tract of birds, having a thick lining and often containing ingested grit that aids in the breakdown of seeds before digestion.
- A similar digestive organ found in certain invertebrates, such as the earthworm.
Origin of gizzardAlteration of Middle English giser from Old French from Vulgar Latin gicērium from Latin gigēria cooked entrails of poultry probably of Iranian origin Persian jigar liver ; see y&ebremac;kw&rlowring; in Indo-European roots.
From Old French gesier, giser et al. (French gésier), from Latin gigēria.