from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Composed of or containing gristle.
  • adjective Resembling gristle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of gristle; like gristle; cartilaginous: as, the gristly rays of fins connected by membranes; the gristly caps or epiphyses of growing bones.

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

  • adjective (Anat.) Consisting of, or containing, gristle; like gristle; cartilaginous.

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

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or containing gristle

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

  • adjective difficult to chew


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