Definitions

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

  • n.pl. The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.
  • n.pl. Internal parts: "sidewalk repair shops, where the entrails of bicycles and cars and motorcycles are spread, mechanics poring over them” ( Alan Cowell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of entrail.
  • n. The internal organs of an animal, especially the intestines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The internal parts of animal bodies; the bowels; the guts; viscera; intestines.
  • n.pl. The internal parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The internal parts of animal bodies; the viscera; the bowels; the guts: seldom used in the singular.
  • Hence The internal parts of anything.

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

  • n. internal organs collectively (especially those in the abdominal cavity)

Etymologies

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

From Middle English entraille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intrālia, alteration of Latin interānea, from neuter pl. of interāneus, internal, from inter, within; see en in Indo-European roots.

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Old French entrailles < Vulgar Latin intralia, from Latin interanea, from interaneus, from inter. Compare Spanish entraña.

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  • Amen...

    November 1, 2007

  • “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

    — Denis Diderot

    October 30, 2007