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Definitions of gills

  1. The organs of breathing in fishes; the lungs of a fish, being reddish fibrous flaps placed on both sides of the head; the flaps below the beak of a fowl; in bot., the thin vertical plates on the under side of the cap of certain fungi. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for gills

  1. Why would gills be unsuitable for the life of the toad? – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  2. My poor head feels as if it's opening and shutting like a fish's gills every time I moves my mouth. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
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