cartilage, q.v., especially when ingested by humans

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  • gristle — O.E. gristle cartilage, related to grost gristle, from a common W.Gmc. word (Cf. O.Fris., M.L.G. gristel, O.H.G. crostila, M.H.G. gruschel) of obscure origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • gristle — [gris′əl] n. [ME gristel < OE gristle (akin to OFris gristel) < ? IE * ghrei : see GRIME] cartilage, now esp. as found in meat gristliness n. gristly [gris′lē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Gristle — Gris tle, n. [OE. gristel, gristil, AS. gristl; akin to OFries. gristel, grestel. Perh. a dim. of grist but cf. OHG. krustila, krostela. Cf. {Grist}.] (Anat.) Cartilage. See {Cartilage}. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gristle — ► NOUN ▪ cartilage, especially when found as tough inedible tissue in meat. DERIVATIVES gristly adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • gristle — noun Etymology: Middle English gristil, from Old English gristle; akin to Middle Low German gristel gristle Date: before 12th century cartilage; broadly tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gristle — noun /ˈɡɹɪsəl/ a) Cartilage; cartilage present, as a tough substance, in meat. When youre chewing on lifes gristle b) Anything hard to accept. Dont grumble, give a whistle Syn: cartilage …   Wiktionary

  • gristle — f ( an/ an) gristle …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • gristle — [[t]grɪ̱s(ə)l[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gristle is a tough, rubbery substance found in meat, especially in meat of poor quality, which is unpleasant to eat …   English dictionary

  • gristle — n. tough flexible tissue in vertebrates; cartilage. Derivatives: gristly adj. Etymology: OE gristle …   Useful english dictionary

  • gristle — /gris euhl/, n. cartilage, esp. in meats. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OFris, MLG gristal; akin to OE grost cartillage] * * * …   Universalium

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