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The thymus gland or pancreas of a young animal, especially a calf or lamb, used for food.
[Early Modern English : sweet (from its sweet delicate flavor) + possibly Middle English brede, roast meat (from Old English brǣde; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Cookery) the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
[C16: sweet + bread, perhaps from Old English brǣd meat; related to Old Saxon brādo ham, Old High German brāt, Old Norse brāth]
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the thymus or, sometimes, the pancreas of a young animal, esp. a calf or lamb, used for food.
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