Definitions

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  • n. The entrails or offal of a dead deer.
  • v. To eviscerate a deer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Offal of a deer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove the offal from, as deer.
  • n. The offal of a deer.

Etymologies

From Scottish Gaelic grealach ("entrails"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "He pulled the dirk from his belt and knelt by the deer, hastily saying the words of the gralloch prayer."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 56

    January 14, 2010


  • gralloch (verb): To disembowel a deer. From the Gaelic word for intestines. The existence of the term implies the prevalence of the act, which the author assumes to be one of the pastimes of the English upper classes, along with fox-chasing, train-spotting, and bird-murdering.

    Source: The Superior Person's Book of Words (Peter Bowler)

    February 3, 2009

  • "He had an apron in his knapsack and he put it on to gralloch his pig, because although he had no objection to a little blood on his clothes, Killick had..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 14

    A Sea of Words: "The viscera of a dead deer. To gralloch is to disembowel a deer." (218) Or, presumably in this case, a pig.

    March 6, 2008