from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The gullet or throat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The oesophagus; the windpipe; the trachea.
- n. The throat in general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The windpipe; -- called also, formerly, wesil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The windpipe; the pipe or tube through which air passes to and from the lungs in respiration; the trachea. See trachea and larynx.
Middle English wesand, perhaps from Old English *wǣsend, variant of wāsand.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wesand, wesande, from Old English wǣsend, wāsend ("weasand, windpipe, gullet"), from Proto-Germanic *waisundiz (“windpipe, gullet”), from Proto-Indo-European *weys- (“to flow, run”). Cognate with Old Frisian wāsende, wāsande ("weasand"), Middle High German weisant ("windpipe"), Bavarian Waisel, Wasel, Wasling ("the gullet of ruminating animals"). (Wiktionary)