entrails

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English entraille, entrailles, from Old French entrailles, from Vulgar Latin intrālia, from Latin interānea, from interāneus, from inter. Compare Spanish entraña.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛn.tɹeɪlz/, /ˈɛn.tɹəlz/

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entrails

  1. (archaic) plural of entrail

Noun[edit]

entrails pl (plural only)

  1. The internal organs of an animal, especially the intestines. [from 14th c.]
    • 1987, Christopher Hibbert, The English: A Social History, 1066-1945, →ISBN, page 244:
      Elizabethan audiences relished shocks and surprises as much as they did trumpets, thunder and savage realism in bloody scenes of torture and death which were made all the more horrible by the use of animals’ entrails.
    Synonyms: bowels, inmeat, innards, intestines, offal, viscera
  2. (obsolete) The seat of the emotions. [14th–18th c.]

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