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Definitions

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

  • noun The division of the stomach in birds that secretes digestive enzymes and passes food from the crop to the gizzard.
  • noun A similar digestive chamber in certain insects and worms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ornithology, the glandular stomach; a second dilatation of the esophagus, succeeding the crop or craw, and succeeded by the gizzard, gigerium, or muscular stomach.
  • noun In insects, the first stomach, the ingluvies or crop, being merely an expansion of the esophagus.
  • noun In worms, a muscular crop.

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

  • noun The part of the avian stomach, between the crop and the gizzard, that secretes digestive enzymes
  • noun A similar part of the digestive system of invertebrates

Etymologies

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

[pro– + Latin ventriculus, stomach, diminutive of venter, belly.]

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