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

  • noun The gullet or throat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The windpipe; the pipe or tube through which air passes to and from the lungs in respiration; the trachea. See trachea and larynx.

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

  • noun The windpipe; -- called also, formerly, wesil.

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

  • noun The oesophagus; the windpipe; the trachea.
  • noun The throat in general.


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

[Middle English wesand, perhaps from Old English *wǣsend, variant of wāsand.]

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From Middle English wesand, wesande, from Old English wǣsend, wāsend ("weasand, windpipe, gullet"), from Proto-Germanic *waisundiz (“windpipe, gullet”), from Proto-Indo-European *weys- (“to flow, run”). Cognate with Old Frisian wāsende, wāsande ("weasand"), Middle High German weisant ("windpipe"), Bavarian Waisel, Wasel, Wasling ("the gullet of ruminating animals").


  • Austria's a trifle warm just now, you see, what with two dead desperadoes under the Emperor's window, a sentry with a slit weasand, and those two mysterious visitors, Flashman and Starnberg, vanished none knows whither.


  • Indeed, haddest thou not repeated those words to me, I had surely slit thy weasand.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ‘Rascal yourself!’ roared I: ‘call me another such name, Mick Brady, and I’ll drive my hanger into your weasand.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • And this epiglottis being framed so that it may fall on either side, whilst we speak it shuts the weasand, but when we eat or drink it falls upon the windpipe, and so secures the passage for our breath.


  • But more, the bladder would seem unnecessary; for, if the weasand receives both meat and drink and conveys it to the belly, the superfluous parts of the liquids would not want a proper passage, one common one would suffice as a canal for both that were conveyed to the same vessel by the same passage.


  • Unless perchance you will say that the Cyclops, as he had but one eye, so had but one passage for his food and voice; or would have [Greek omitted] to signify weasand, not windpipe, as both all the ancients and moderns use it.


  • But it is probable at the weasand robs the windpipe of a sufficient quantity of liquor as it is going down, and useth it to soften and concoct the meat.


  • He pierced his weasand, where death enters soon; and adds,


  • For when the windpipe is wounded, no drink will go down; but as if the pipe were broken it runs out, though the weasand be whole and unhurt.


  • Besides, a stone is never found in the stomach, though it is likely that the moisture should be coagulated there as well as in the bladder, if all the liquor were conveyed through the weasand then into the belly.



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  • the gullet or throat

    February 23, 2007

  • I came across "weasand" on this list of meat industry job titles, which I in turn came across while looking for the phrase "ham stripper."

    Edited in 2011: that old link doesn't work but I think this was the whole list I was looking at:

    Abalone Processor, Animal Eviscerator, Animal Skinner, Bacon Skinner, Bacon Slicer, Bacon de-Rinder, Beef Boner, Beef Breaker, Beef Skinner, Bladder Blower, Bladder Cleaner, Bladder Tier, Blowing Weasand, Boner, Boner, Meat, Boston Cutter, Breast Puller, Breast Splitter, Breast Trimmer, Brisket Puller, Bruise Trimmer, Bung Dropper, Butcher, Butcher, Fish, Calf Skinner, Carcass Splitter, Casing Splitter, Cattle Knocker, Caul Dresser, Caul Puller, Chicken Boner, Chicken Dresser, Chuck Splitter, Clean Up Crew Worker, Clod Puller, Crab Backer, Crab Butcher, Crab Meat Processor, Crop Puller, Crotch Breaker, Cutlet Maker, Pork, Cutter, Cutter Off, Deboner, Draw Off Worker, Eviscerator, Fatter, Fell Cutter, Filleter, Final Dressing Cutter, Fish Butcher, Fish Chopper, Gang Knife, Fish Cleaner, Fish Cutting Machine Operator, Fish Filleter, Fish Flipper, Fish Header, Fish Roe Processor, Frozen Meat Cutter, Gamb Cutter, Gambreler, General Production Laborer, Gizzard Peeler, Gizzard Puller, Gullet Slitter, Gut Cleaner, Gut Dropper, Gut Puller, Gut Snatcher, Gutter, Ham Boner, Ham Facer, Ham Sawyer, Ham Stripper, Ham Trimmer, Head Holder, Head Trimmer, Header, Hide Dropper, Hide Trimmer, Hog Cutter, Hog Dropper, Hog Scalder, Jaw Skinner, Jawbone Puller, Kidney Puller, Kidney Trimmer, Knifeman, Leg Breaker, Loin Puller, Lung Gun Operator, Lung Puller, Meat Boner, Meat Cutter, Meat Department Manager, Meat Market Manager, Meat Trimmer, Meatcutter, Offal Separator, Offal Worker, Oyster Opener, Oyster Shucker, Paunch Trimmer, Pluck Separator, Pluck Trimmer, Poultry Boner, Poultry Cutter, Poultry Dresser, Poultry Eviscerator, Poultry Killer, Poultry Processor, Poultry Trimmer, Poultryman, Retrimmer, Rib Chopper, Rib Puller, Rib Sawyer, Rip Sawyer, Round Boner, Rumper, Sausage Cutter, Sausage Meat Trimmer, Seafood Processor, Shank Skinner, Shrimp Cleaner, Shrimp Header, Shrimp Peeler, Shrimp Picker, Sider, Skewer Up, Skin Lifter, Bacon, Skinner, Skirt Trimmer, Skull Chopper, Skull Splitter, Slitter, Hand, Snout Puller, Soup Person, Squilgeer, Sticker, Animal, Sweetbread Trimmer, Tail Puller, Tail Ripper, Tail Sawyer, Toe Puller, Tongue Trimmer, Tonguer, Trimmer, Tripe Finisher, Tripe Scraper, Turkey Boner, Turkey Roll Maker, Weasand Trimmer, Wing Scorer

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    June 2, 2008

  • Blecch!

    June 2, 2008

  • Some of them are grossly fascinating: pig sticker, breast puller, lung gun operator, etc.

    June 2, 2008

  • Bung Dropper has to be the worst job title ever. In history. Ever.

    June 2, 2008

  • Worse than Bladder Blower?

    June 2, 2008

  • *horking up breakfast*

    June 2, 2008

  • Yep. Even worse.

    June 2, 2008

  • sorry dontspew.

    June 3, 2008

  • Ah, weasand. I'd forgotten about this word but came across it again today: "The gullet was separated and the weasand was drawn from the windpipe. They cleared the chest of its entrails."

    The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds, p 49 of the Penguin paperback

    May 12, 2011