from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The gullet or throat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The oesophagus; the windpipe; the trachea.
- n. The throat in general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The windpipe; -- called also, formerly, wesil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The windpipe; the pipe or tube through which air passes to and from the lungs in respiration; the trachea. See trachea and larynx.
Austria's a trifle warm just now, you see, what with two dead desperadoes under the Emperor's window, a sentry with a slit weasand, and those two mysterious visitors, Flashman and Starnberg, vanished none knows whither.
Indeed, haddest thou not repeated those words to me, I had surely slit thy weasand.
‘Rascal yourself!’ roared I: ‘call me another such name, Mick Brady, and I’ll drive my hanger into your weasand.
Unless perchance you will say that the Cyclops, as he had but one eye, so had but one passage for his food and voice; or would have [Greek omitted] to signify weasand, not windpipe, as both all the ancients and moderns use it.
But it is probable at the weasand robs the windpipe of a sufficient quantity of liquor as it is going down, and useth it to soften and concoct the meat.
For when the windpipe is wounded, no drink will go down; but as if the pipe were broken it runs out, though the weasand be whole and unhurt.
Besides, a stone is never found in the stomach, though it is likely that the moisture should be coagulated there as well as in the bladder, if all the liquor were conveyed through the weasand then into the belly.
But more, the bladder would seem unnecessary; for, if the weasand receives both meat and drink and conveys it to the belly, the superfluous parts of the liquids would not want a proper passage, one common one would suffice as a canal for both that were conveyed to the same vessel by the same passage.
And this epiglottis being framed so that it may fall on either side, whilst we speak it shuts the weasand, but when we eat or drink it falls upon the windpipe, and so secures the passage for our breath.
He pierced his weasand, where death enters soon; and adds,