[Fr.] A bird's stomach. A hen swallows food without chewing, which is at once stored in the crop, where it remains till it is softened. The food then passes into the gizzard, where it is rubbed and ground between tough, hard ribs, like the grooves of a wash-board. To help in this, the gizzard is filled with sharp stones and bits of gravel. These are the hen's teeth, and they do their work while she is gathering food or roosting. The gizzard of the grasshopper has over two hundred teeth or ribs for grinding its food.