American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fish offal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Feces.
- n. Fish-offal. It is sometimes ground up for bait when bait-fish are scarce.
- n. In whale-fishing, the refuse resulting from the operations of cutting in and boiling out a whale.
- n. The refuse of a dissecting-room. The term is said to have been introduced at Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, by Professor Jeffries Wyman, and to have become current there.
- n. One of the grades of menhaden-oil: a tradename.
- To foul with gurry; throw offal upon, as fishing-gear or fishing-grounds. The word is applied chiefly to herring-weirs upon which gurry may drift from the place where it has been dumped. This is a great injury, as herring will not approach a gurried weir.
- n. In India, a small native fort.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs. or Local An alvine evacuation; also, refuse matter.
- n. India A small fort.
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
“A man, in half-bared arms dotted about the wrists with remnants of what they call gurry-sores, stood at the water's edge, waiting to lend a hand.”
“A thick blanket of grease and dust--what her mother used to call "gurry"--coats the appliances.”
“Rather than throw the perfectly edible remains into the gurry been to be sold to the catfood company I elected to bring it home to freegan for something better …”
“Still sooner or later the humane thing to do is just fillet them and throw the rack in the gurry bin and move on ….”
“They, hearing the noise ran away as fast as they could drive, and when they ran away in haste, they would cry, gurry, gurry, speaking deep in the throat.”
“These were black and glistening with the rain and from them came an odor, acrid and penetrating, of decaying fish in ill-emptied gurry-butts and of putrefying livers oozing out a black oil in open casks.”
“As such they were put to all sorts of tasks, work that usually found them at the day's end weary, dirty with fish scales and gurry, and more than a little disgusted.”
“I like to have mud on them about the consistency of gurry -- that is, not too wet -- because then it will all drip off on the way upstairs, and not so dry that it scrapes off on the carpet.”
“Ves carts everything in that cart from dead cows to gurry barrels.”
“They can come home all over gurry, but she's got to have on a clean apron an 'her hair slicked up to the nines.”
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