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

  • n. Introduction of nutritive material into the stomach by means of a tube.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A process of force-feeding a goose for foie gras
  • n. A process of force-feeding cattle for veal
  • n. Feeding by means of a tube passed into the stomach
  • v. To stuff or glut with something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Forced feeding (as of poultry or infants) by means of a tube passed through the mouth down to the stomach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A system of fattening poultry for market by forcing them to swallow fixed quantities of food at stated intervals.
  • n. In medicine, a similar method of forced feeding, employed under certain conditions.

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

  • n. feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat


French, from gaver, to force down the throat, ultimately from Old French gave, throat, from Vulgar Latin *gaba.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gavage, from gaver ("to stuff or cram") (Wiktionary)


  • A foie gras liver balloons to six to 10 times the size of the organ in a normal duck or goose, and the reason it grows so fatty is a process known as gavage.

    The Foie Gras Wars

  • Although the force-feeding, known as gavage, isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy process, Caro witnesses it at several farms in the United States and France and comes away thinking that it isn't horrible.

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  • They are brought in for the gavage, which is when they were shown on the video.

    How foie gras is made | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • The reasons usually just boil down to the gavage, which is the force feeding.

    Dan Barber's foie gras parable

  • To animal welfare groups, the obscenity of force-feeding, known by the French word gavage, is self-evident.

    Is foie gras evil?

  •   Kelley says that after the sea turtles have been rescued, they are cleaned and treated - including what's called a 'gavage' of mayonnaise and cod liver oil that will help purge their digestive system of oil.

    As Oil Ebbs, the Turtles Return

  • The 'gavage' accentuates the process, fattening ducks for a 12 to 15 day period, and geese for about 15 to 18 days.

    Brad Haskel: Foie Gras: Something to Think About

  • What appears to be a gruesome act of quickly putting a tube down the duck or goose's throat known as 'gavage', does not cause damage to the animal.

    Brad Haskel: Foie Gras: Something to Think About

  • The seaside town of Agay, just east of St-Raphael gaver (gah-vay) verb 1. to force-feed; to fill up (with) ...and in English there is the noun "gavage" (gah-vazh)--a feeding for someone who will not or cannot eat.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Association inspected farms in 2005 and then voted against a resolution condemning "gavage,"

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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