Gullet
Gullet Gul"let, n. [OE. golet, OF. Goulet, dim. of gole, goule, throat, F. gueule, L. gula; perh. akin to Skr. gula, G. kenle; cf. F. goulet the neck of a bottle, goulotte channel gutter. Cf. {Gules}, {Gully}.] 1. (Anat.) The tube by which food and drink are carried from the pharynx to the stomach; the esophagus. [1913 Webster]

2. Something shaped like the food passage, or performing similar functions; as: (a) A channel for water. (b) (Engin.) A preparatory cut or channel in excavations, of sufficient width for the passage of earth wagons. (c) A concave cut made in the teeth of some saw blades. [1913 Webster]


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  • gullet — c.1300 (as a surname), from O.Fr. golet neck (of a bottle); gutter; bay, creek, dim. of gole throat, neck (Mod.Fr. guele), from L. gula throat, also appetite, from PIE root *gwele swallow (Cf. L. gluttire to gulp down, devour, O.E. ceole throat …   Etymology dictionary

  • gullet — [gul′ət] n. [ME golet < OFr goulet, throat, narrow passage, dim. of goule < L gula, throat < IE base * gel , to swallow > OE ceole, Ger kehle, throat] 1. the tube leading from the mouth to the stomach; esophagus 2. the throat or neck… …   English World dictionary

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  • gullet — [14] Latin gula meant ‘throat’. It was a descendant of Indo European *gel ‘swallow’, which also produced German kehle ‘throat’ and English glut and glutton. Gula passed into Old French as gole or goule (whence modern French gueule ‘mouth’), where …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • gullet — [14] Latin gula meant ‘throat’. It was a descendant of Indo European *gel ‘swallow’, which also produced German kehle ‘throat’ and English glut and glutton. Gula passed into Old French as gole or goule (whence modern French gueule ‘mouth’), where …   Word origins

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  • gullet — noun Etymology: Middle English golet, from Anglo French, diminutive of gule throat, from Latin gula more at glutton Date: 14th century 1. esophagus; broadly throat 2. an invagination of the protoplasm in various protozoans (as a paramecium) that… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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