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The intestine, along with surrounding organs


Etymology 1Edit

From Latin intestīnum, neuter of intestīnus (internal), as Etymology 2, below.


intestine (plural intestines)

  1. (anatomy, often pluralized) The alimentary canal of an animal through which food passes after having passed all stomachs.
  2. One of certain subdivisions of this part of the alimentary canal, such as the small or large intestine in human beings.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin intestīnus (internal), from intus (within).


intestine (not comparable)

  1. Domestic; taking place within a given country or region.
    • 1615, Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia, Richmond 1957, p.2:
      It being true that now after fiue yeeres intestine warre with the reuengefull implacable Indians, a firme peace (not againe easily to be broken) hath bin lately concluded [].
    • 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch.1,
      Yet the success of Trajan, however transient, was rapid and specious. The degenerate Parthians, broken by intestine discord, fled before his arms.
  2. (obsolete) Internal.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 41, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      When you have alleaged all the reasons you can, and beleeved all to disavow and reject her, she produceth, contrarie to your discourses, so intestine inclination, that you have small hold against her.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Hoping here to end / Intestine war in heaven, the arch foe subdued.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hume and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      an intestine struggle [] between authority and liberty
  3. (obsolete, rare) Depending upon the internal constitution of a body or entity; subjective.
    • (Can we date this quote by Cudworth and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Everything labours under an intestine necessity.
  4. (obsolete, rare) Shut up; enclosed.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowper to this entry?)



intestine f pl

  1. feminine plural of intestino




  1. vocative masculine singular of intestīnus