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Etymology 1[edit]

en- +‎ trail


entrail ‎(third-person singular simple present entrails, present participle entrailing, simple past and past participle entrailed)

  1. (archaic) To interweave or bind.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene[1], Book III Canto VI:
      And in the thickest covert of that shade / There was a pleasant arbour, not by art / But of the trees' own inclination made, / With wanton ivy twine entrailed athwart, / And eglantine and caprifole among, / Fashioned above within their inmost part / That neither Phoebus' beams could through them throng / Nor AEolus' sharp blast could work them any wrong.
    • 1598, William Cecil, letter to his son, reprinted in Annals of the reformation and establishment of religion[2], 1824, by John Strype, page 479,
      Trust not any with thy life, credit, or estate: for it is mere folly for a man to entrail himself to his friend; as though, occasion being offered, he shall not dare to become his enemy.
    • 1885, John Barlas, The Bloody Heart[3]:
      Himself hid by entrailing foliage, / Betwixt whose leafy meshes he could see / That false pair's dalliance and badinage.
  2. (heraldry) To outline in black.
    A cross entrailed.
    • 1847, Henry Gough, John Henry Parker, A Glossary of Terms Used in British Heraldry: With a Chronological Table ..., Oxford, Page 124,
      "Entrailed: outlined, always with black lines. See Adumbration, and Cross entrailed."
    • 1775, Hugh Clark, Thomas Wormull, An Introduction to Heraldry: Containing the Origin and Use of Arms; Rules ..., H. Washbourne, Page 122,
      "Entrailed, a Cross, P.7, n.20, Lee says, the colour need not be named, for it is always sable."

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English entraille, from Old French entraille (compare modern French entrailles), from Late Latin intrālia, modification of intrānea, contraction of Latin interāneum ‎(gut, intestine), substantive of interāneus ‎(internal, inward)


entrail ‎(plural entrails)

  1. (usually in the plural) An internal organ of an animal.
    • 1957, Bill Bryson, “They Still Ride 'Em Rough”, Baseball Digest‎, volume 16, page 57: 
      She might even bust an entrail if she went on a little farther in the official code
    • 1922-1976, Liam O'Flaherty, “The Post Office”, in Liam O'Flaherty: the collected stories‎, page 55:
      Those blackguards have no more respect for an entrail, or a sinew, or a vital organ, than if they were gutting dog-fish.
    • 2006, Robert Ludlum, The Ambler Warning‎, page 427:
      Did an entrail-reading priest find something nasty in the offal?
  2. (obsolete) Entanglement; fold.
    1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene‎, page 1.1.18:
    "About her cursed head, whose folds displaid / Were stretcht now forth at length without entraile."