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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The alimentary canal; the intestines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The gut, the whole intestine (alimentary) canal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The whole alimentary, or enteric, canal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology and anatomy, the intestine, alimentary canal, or digestive space which is primitively derived from the endoderm, including its annexes and appendages, but excluding any digestive space which is primitively derived from an ingrowth of ectoderm (stomodæum or proctodæum).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)

Etymologies

Greek; see en in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Neo-Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔντερον (enteron, "intestine") (Wiktionary)

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