giblets

\ \ [14] French gibier means ‘game’ – in the sense ‘hunted animals’ (it comes from Frankish *gabaitihunting with falcons’). In the Old French period this seems to have produced a diminutive form *giberet, literally ‘small game’, which, though never recorded, is assumed to have been the basis of Old French gibelet (l and r are very close phonetically, and each is easily substituted for the other). Gibelet is only known in the sense ‘game stew’, but it seems quite plausible that it could have originally meant ‘entrails of hunted animals’ (Walloon, the French dialect of southern Belgium, has giblè d’awegoose giblets’).

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  • Giblets — (IPA2|ˈdʒɪblɪts) are the edible offal of a fowl, typically including the heart, gizzard, liver, and other visceral organs. The term is culinary usage only; zoologists do not refer to the giblets of a bird. Giblets is pronounced with a soft g… …   Wikipedia

  • Giblets — Gib lets, n. pl. [OE. gibelet, OF. gibelet game: cf. F. gibelotte stewed rabbit. Cf. {Gibbier}.] The inmeats, or edible viscera (heart, gizzard, liver, etc.), of poultry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giblets — mid 15c. (in singular, gybelet), from O.Fr. gibelet game stew, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frankish *gabaiti hunting with falcons, related to O.H.G. beizan to fly a falcon, lit. to cause to bite, from bizzan to bite …   Etymology dictionary

  • giblets — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ the liver, heart, gizzard, and neck of a chicken or other fowl, usually removed before the bird is cooked. ORIGIN Old French gibelet game bird stew , probably from gibier game hunted for sport …   English terms dictionary

  • giblets — [[t]ʤɪ̱blɪts[/t]] N PLURAL Giblets are the parts such as the heart and liver that you remove from inside a chicken or other bird before you cook and eat it. Some people cook the giblets separately to make soup or a sauce …   English dictionary

  • giblets — noun plural Etymology: Middle English gibelet giblets piece, nonessential bit, from Anglo French gibelot, from Old French (Picard) giblé stew of wildfowl Date: 15th century the edible viscera of a fowl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • giblets — noun Giblets is used after these nouns: ↑chicken …   Collocations dictionary

  • giblets — [14] French gibier means ‘game’ – in the sense ‘hunted animals’ (it comes from Frankish *gabaiti ‘hunting with falcons’). In the Old French period this seems to have produced a diminutive form *giberet, literally ‘small game’, which, though never …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • giblets — gib·lets (jĭbʹlĭts) pl.n. The edible heart, liver, or gizzard of a fowl.   [From Middle English gibelet, from Old French, game stew, perhaps alteration of *giberet, from gibier, game.] * * * …   Universalium

  • giblets — noun The internal organs of poultry birds, these organs being used as food …   Wiktionary

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