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gizzard

1. the thick-walled part of a bird's stomach, in which hard food is broken up by muscular action and contact with grit and small stones
2. a similar structure in many invertebrates

gizzard

[′giz·ərd]
(vertebrate zoology)
The muscular portion of the stomach of most birds where food is ground with the aid of ingested pebbles.
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Add 2 cups of water to a pot, add the gizzards, slice half an onion, add 1 tsp of salt, A- curry and A- thyme and cook for 20 minutes.
The characteristics investigated are as follows: the location of male funnels; the excretory system; the oesophageal gizzards, their appearance and location; features of the dorsal blood vessel; the level of the thickening of the anterior septa; the setae; body shape; dimensions; and the total number of segments.
We found evidence in the gizzards of partially digested crabapple seeds and it is possible these robins may have been exposed to cyanide.
The samples of the liver, gizzards, muscles and also the feed were prepared by wet digestion.
Similar trends in percent yields were observed for blood, head, feet, gizzards, liver, heart, neck and intestines.
Radiographs, followed by dissection of the gizzards, showed that 31% of the rosybilled pochards and 29% of the fulvous whistling-ducks had ingested lead pellets (between 1-4 per animal).
Chickadees can more easily macerate and digest seeds during the winter when their gizzards are enlarged and well-developed.
However, she adds, more than 4 percent of the birds had gizzards containing at least 100 pellets; a few had 600 or more there.
Or do you crank a round in the chamber, step out and blast its gizzards wall-wards?