from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Cartilage, especially when present in meat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Cartilage; now especially: cartilage present, as a tough substance, in meat.
- n. Bone not yet hardened by age and hard work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Cartilage. See cartilage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of cartilage. See cartilage.
- n. Hence Something young and unformed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gristel, grystyl, from Old English gristel, gristle ("gristle, cartilage"), formed from a diminutive of Old English grist ("a grinding"), from Proto-Germanic *gredanan (“to crunch”), equivalent to grist + -le. Cognate with Old Frisian gristel, gerstel ("gristle, cartilage"), Middle Low German gristel ("gristle"). (Wiktionary)