gullet

gullet
[14] Latin gula meant ‘throat’. It was a descendant of Indo-European *gel- ‘swallow’, which also produced German kehle ‘throat’ and English glut and glutton. Gula passed into Old French as gole or goule (whence modern French gueule ‘mouth’), where it formed the basis of a diminutive form goulet, acquired by English as gullet (and later, in the 16th century, as gully, which originally meant ‘gullet’). The English heraldic term gules ‘red’ [14] also comes from Old French gole, goule, in the specialized sense ‘red fur neckpiece’. => GLUT, GLUTTON, GULES, GULLY

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  • gullet — c.1300 (as a surname), from O.Fr. golet neck (of a bottle); gutter; bay, creek, dim. of gole throat, neck (Mod.Fr. guele), from L. gula throat, also appetite, from PIE root *gwele swallow (Cf. L. gluttire to gulp down, devour, O.E. ceole throat …   Etymology dictionary

  • gullet — [gul′ət] n. [ME golet < OFr goulet, throat, narrow passage, dim. of goule < L gula, throat < IE base * gel , to swallow > OE ceole, Ger kehle, throat] 1. the tube leading from the mouth to the stomach; esophagus 2. the throat or neck… …   English World dictionary

  • Gullet — Gul let, n. [OE. golet, OF. Goulet, dim. of gole, goule, throat, F. gueule, L. gula; perh. akin to Skr. gula, G. kenle; cf. F. goulet the neck of a bottle, goulotte channel gutter. Cf. {Gules}, {Gully}.] 1. (Anat.) The tube by which food and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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