Definitions

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

  • n. A hollow digestive organ, especially the stomach of certain insects or the gizzard of a bird.
  • n. The digestive cavity in the body of a sponge.

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  • n. A digestive cavity or stomach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the stomachs of certain insects.
  • n. The body cavity of a sponge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a ventricle, in any sense; a loculus.

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

  • n. thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food

Etymologies

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

Latin, diminutive of venter, ventr-, belly.

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From the Latin word ventriculus, the diminutive form of venter (belly).

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