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gills (general anatomy)

gills is a plural form of gill

gill (general anatomy)

Definition:

a respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

gills

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

branchia

Etymology:

Middle English gile, probably from Anglo-N from or akin to Old Norse ... |...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of gills...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

branchia | branchiae [plural] | branchiate [adjective, derived]

a gill in aquatic animals (5 of 250 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/branchia

Random House Dictionary:

gill | Gill | branchia [zoology] | branchiae [zoology, plural] | green or white around the gills [sense-specific] | to the gills [sense-specific] | lamella [synonym, sense-specific] | ground ivy [synonym, sense-specific]

the respiratory organ of aquatic animals, as fish, that breathe oxygen dissolved in water. | one of the radiating vertical plates on the underside of ... (24 of 209 words, 15 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gill

Wikipedia:

Branchia [disambiguation]

an Ancient Greek word for gills. | Branchia (genus), a genus of arthropods. (12 of 58 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Branchia

Oxford Dictionary:

branchia | branchiae [plural] | branchial [derived]

the gills of fish and some invertebrate animals (8 of 44 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/branchia

American Heritage Dictionary:

branchia | branchiae [plural]

A gill or similar organ of respiration. (7 of 19 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/branchia

Wiktionary:

branchia | branchiae [plural]

A gill or other organ having the same function. (9 of 10 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/branchia

New World Dictionary:

gill | gi [abbreviation, sense-specific] | gilled [adjective, related]

the organ for breathing of most animals that live in water, as fish, ... | the red flesh hanging below the beak of a fowl; wattle ; the flesh under ... (29 of 207 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

gill [measurement] | jill

in measurement, unit of volume in the British Imperial and United States Customary systems. It's used almost exclusively for the measurement of ... (22 of 159 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/233688​/gill

gill [respiratory system]

in biology, type of respiratory organ found in many aquatic animals, including a number of worms, nearly all mollusks and crustaceans, some insect ... (23 of 86 words, 1 image)

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Merriam-Webster:

gill [entry 1, noun]

see weight table (3 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gill

gill [entry 2, noun] | to the gills | gills [plural] | wattle [synonym, sense-specific] | gilled [adjective, related]

an organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water | "wattle" [entry 3] ; "gills": the flesh under or about the chin or jaws ; one of the ... (29 of 100 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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gill [entry 3, verb] | gillnet [synonym, sense-specific] | giller [noun, related]

"gillnet" | [fish] to become entangled in a gill net (9 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gill show=2

gill [entry 4, noun] | ravine [synonym, sense-specific]

[British] "ravine" | [British] a narrow stream or rivulet (8 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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gill [entry 5, noun] | Gill | girl [synonym] | sweetheart [synonym]

"girl", "sweetheart" (2 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gill show=4

Columbia Encyclopedia:

English units of measurement | British Imperial System of weights and measures | U.S. Customary System of weights and measures | apothecaries weight | troy weights | units of measurement | avoirdupois weights | barrel | bushel | ...

principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two ... (25 of 79 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

gill [countable, plural] | gills [plural] | to the gills

one of the organs behind the head of a fish that allows it to breathe | "to the gills": as full as possible (22 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gill

gill [countable, noun] | gills [plural]

a unit for measuring liquids equal to one quarter of a pint (12 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gill 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

gill [entry 1]

/gɪl/ the organ through which fish and other water creatures breathe (11 of 19 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gill 1

gill [entry 2]

/dʒɪl/ a measure of liquid that is equal to 0.142 litres or a quarter of a pint (17 of 23 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gill 2

Encarta Dictionary:

branchia | branchiae [plural]

a gill in water animals or a similar structure found in the embryos of higher animals, including human beings (19 of 50 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592411​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

gill

Origin: Middle English gile, probably from Anglo-N from or akin to Old Norse ... | Middle English gille from Old French, measure for wine from Late ... (24 of 76 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

gill | ghyll | Gill

First use: 14th century | 11th century | 15th century

Origin: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish gäl, Danish gjælle, Greek khelunē lip | from Old French gille vat, tub, from Late ... (25 of 49 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gill

American Heritage Dictionary:

gill | gilled [past tense] | gilling [present participle] | gills [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English gile, of Scandinavian origin. | Middle English gille, from Old French, wine measure, from Late Latin ... (17 of 37 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

gill | gills [plural]

Origin: Middle English gile ("gill"), from Old Norse giolnar ("lips") | Old French gille ("a wine measure"), from Medieval Latin gillo ("earthenware jar") | Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil | Etymology uncertain.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gill

Merriam-Webster:

gill [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English gille, from Medieval Latin gillus, from Late Latin gillo, gello water pot

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gill [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English gile, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish gäl gill, Old Norse gjǫlnar lips; akin to Greek chelynē lip, jawbone

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gill [entry 4, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil; akin to Old High German gil hernia

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gill [entry 5, noun] | Gill

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Gill, nickname for Gillian

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Oxford Dictionary:

gill [entry 1] | around | at

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse

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gill [entry 2]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French gille "measure or container for wine", from late Latin gillo "water pot"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gill--2

gill [entry 3, northern England] | ghyll

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse gil "deep glen". The spelling ghyll was introduced by Wordsworth

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gill--3

gill [entry 3]

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse gil "deep glen"

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gill [entry 4] | jill

Origin: late Middle English: abbreviation of the given name Gillian

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Encarta Dictionary:

gill [entry 2] | gills [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French gille from late Latin gillo "water pot"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675287​/definition​.html  [offline]

gill [entry 3, archaic, sometimes offensive] | gills [plural] | jill: jills [plural] | jills [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Shortening of the given name Gillian

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675289​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

gill | ghyll | Gill

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "gill"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gill"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

gill [countable, plural] | gills [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gill"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gill

gill [countable, noun] | gills [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gill"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

gill [countable, plural] | gills [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gill"

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gill [countable, noun] | gills [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gill"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

gill [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gill"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gill"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gill 2

gill [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gill"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gill"

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the Free Dictionary:

gill

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gill"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gill"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gill" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

gill | gills [plural] | ghylls [plural] | jills [plural] | gilled [past tense] | gilling [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "gill"

Audio 2: English pronunciation of "gill"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gill

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gill"

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gill

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YourDictionary Audio:

gill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gill" by speech synthesizer

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