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From Middle English wesand, wesande, from Old English wǣsend, wāsend (weasand, windpipe, gullet), from Proto-Germanic *waisundiz (windpipe, gullet), from Proto-Indo-European *weys- (to flow, run). Cognate with Old Frisian wāsende, wāsande (weasand), Middle High German weisant (windpipe), Bavarian Waisel, Wasel, Wasling (the gullet of ruminating animals).



weasand (plural weasands)

  1. The oesophagus; the windpipe; the trachea.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      “By Heaven, and all saints in it, better food hath not passed my weasand for three livelong days, and by God’s providence it is that I am now here to tell it.”
  2. The throat in general.
    • 1964, Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun:
      ‘Which fellows?’ Very loud now, but a tightening in her weasand.