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Meaning of GILL

Pronunciation:  gil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water
  2. [n]  any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus
  3. [n]  a United States liquid unit equal to 4 fluid ounces
  4. [n]  a British imperial capacity unit (liquid or dry) equal to 5 fluid ounces or 142.066 cubic centimeters

GILL is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: branchia, lamella
 See Also: British capacity unit, ceras, ctenidium, cup, external gill, fluid ounce, fluidounce, Imperial capacity unit, pint, plant organ, respiratory organ, United States liquid unit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gill\, n. [Dan. gi[ae]lle, gelle; akin to Sw. g["a]l,
    Icel. gj["o]lnar gills; cf. AS. geagl, geahl, jaw.]
    1. (Anat.) An organ for aquatic respiration; a branchia.
             Fishes perform respiration under water by the gills.
    Note: Gills are usually lamellar or filamentous appendages,
          through which the blood circulates, and in which it is
          exposed to the action of the air contained in the
          water. In vertebrates they are appendages of the
          visceral arches on either side of the neck. In
          invertebrates they occupy various situations.
    2. pl. (Bot.) The radiating, gill-shaped plates forming the
       under surface of a mushroom.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a
       fowl; a wattle.
    4. The flesh under or about the chin. --Swift.
    5. (Spinning) One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins
       which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer
       parallel filaments. [Prob. so called from F. aiguilles,
       needles. --Ure.]
    {Gill arches}, {Gill bars}. (Anat.) Same as {Branchial
    {Gill clefts}. (Anat.) Same as {Branchial clefts}. See under
    {Gill cover}, {Gill lid}. See {Operculum}.
    {Gill frame}, or {Gill head} (Flax Manuf.), a spreader; a
       machine for subjecting flax to the action of gills.
    {Gill net}, a flat net so suspended in the water that its
       meshes allow the heads of fish to pass, but catch in the
       gills when they seek to extricate themselves.
    {Gill opening}, or {Gill slit} (Anat.), an opening behind and
       below the head of most fishes, and some amphibians, by
       which the water from the gills is discharged. In most
       fishes there is a single opening on each side, but in the
       sharks and rays there are five, or more, on each side.
    {Gill rakes}, or {Gill rakers} (Anat.), horny filaments, or
       progresses, on the inside of the branchial arches of
       fishes, which help to prevent solid substances from being
       carried into gill cavities.
  2. \Gill\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.]
    A two-wheeled frame for transporting timber. [Prov. Eng.]
  3. \Gill\, n.
    A leech. [Also {gell}.] [Scot.] --Jameison.
  4. \Gill\, n. [Icel. gil.]
    A woody glen; a narrow valley containing a stream. [Prov.
    Eng. & Scot.]
  5. \Gill\, n. [OF. gille, gelle, a sort of measure for wine,
    LL. gillo, gello., Cf. {Gallon}.]
    A measure of capacity, containing one fourth of a pint.
  6. \Gill\, n. [Abbrev. from Gillian.]
    1. A young woman; a sweetheart; a flirting or wanton girl.
       ``Each Jack with his Gill.'' --B. Jonson.
    2. (Bot.) The ground ivy ({Nepeta Glechoma}); -- called also
       {gill over the ground}, and other like names.
    3. Malt liquor medicated with ground ivy.
    {Gill ale}.
       (a) Ale flavored with ground ivy.
       (b) (Bot.) Alehoof.
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