from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The thymus gland or pancreas of a young animal, especially a calf or lamb, used for food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The pancreas or thymus gland of an animal, especially a lamb or calf, as food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Either the thymus gland or the pancreas, the former being called neck sweetbread or throat sweetbread, the latter belly sweetbread. The sweetbreads of ruminants, esp. of the calf, are highly esteemed as food. See pancreas, and thymus.
- n. The pancreas.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pancreas of an animal, used for food; also, the thymus gland so used. Butchers distinguish the two, the former being the stomach-sweetbread, the latter the neck-sweetbread or throat-sweetbread.
- n. A bribe or douceur.
- n. A part of the lobster taken from the thorax for canning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. edible glands of an animal
Sorry, no etymologies found.
This is the gland which in the calf is known as the sweetbread and is a delicious and valued article of food.
The sweetbread is the pancreas; now a deficient pancreatic action is supposed to play a great part in consumption and other wasting diseases.
"sweetbread" -- a gland nearly as large as the hand, lying behind the stomach.
But I have had a good dinner of "sweetbread," and expect a sleep by and by.
Food blogger C.rol Blymire wrote on April 1 a lengthy entry detailing her new, 12-week mobile food venture that was set to begin April 3 in Washington, D.C. Her food truck would continue on to various U.S. cities, where she was to have served curiously eccentric menu items such as sweetbread and lobster popsicle, falafel liquid shot and cupcake straw.
Gone are the days when the word "sweetbread" incited a wrinkling of the nose, or eating a terrine made from a slow-simmered hog's head was the feat of a culinary daredevil.
Here you'll find Arizona honey duck confit with an extra wickedly delicious tequila soufflé and don't miss out on the blue corn crusted sweetbread which is something else indeed.
He started with ganzuki, the steamed sweetbread he first helped make as a child.
Knowing what an office is does not shed light on what an officer does, even though "officer" has the word "office" in it, just as sweetbread is not sweet and it's not bread.
I remember sweetbread dishes I ate years and years ago as if it were yesterday and lament them.