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An Alpine newt larva showing the gills, which flare just behind the head.
Mushroom gills.

Etymology 1

From Middle English gile (gill), from Old Norse giolnar (lips)

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A breathing organ of fish and other aquatic animals.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A gill slit or gill cover.
    Gill nets are designed to catch a fish by the gills.
  3. (mycology) One of the radial folds on the underside of the cap of a mushroom, on the surface of which the spore-producing organs are borne.
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Etymology 2

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From Old French gille (a wine measure), from Mediaeval Latin gillo (earthenware jar)

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  1. A drink measure for spirits and wine. Size varies regionally but it is about one quarter of a pint.
  2. (archaic, UK) A measuring jug holding a quarter or half a pint.

Etymology 3

From Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil

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  1. (UK) A rivulet.
  2. (UK) A ravine.

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