from The Century Dictionary.

  • To remove the offal from, as deer.
  • noun The offal of a deer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Offal of a deer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, rare The entrails or offal of a dead deer.
  • verb UK, rare To eviscerate a deer.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Scottish Gaelic grealach ("entrails").



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  • "He had an apron in his knapsack and he put it on to gralloch his pig, because although he had no objection to a little blood on his clothes, Killick had..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 14

    A Sea of Words: "The viscera of a dead deer. To gralloch is to disembowel a deer." (218) Or, presumably in this case, a pig.

    March 6, 2008

  • gralloch (verb): To disembowel a deer. From the Gaelic word for intestines. The existence of the term implies the prevalence of the act, which the author assumes to be one of the pastimes of the English upper classes, along with fox-chasing, train-spotting, and bird-murdering.

    Source: The Superior Person's Book of Words (Peter Bowler)

    February 3, 2009

  • "He pulled the dirk from his belt and knelt by the deer, hastily saying the words of the gralloch prayer."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 56

    January 14, 2010