• Cartilage; cartilage present, as a tough substance, in meat.
  • Bone not yet hardened by age and hard work.


  • From Middle English gristel, grystyl, from Old English gristel ("gristle, cartilage"), formed from a diminutive of Old English grist ("a grinding"), from Proto-Germanic *gredanÄ… ("to crunch"), equivalent to grist + -le. Cognate with Old Frisian gristel, gerstel, Middle Low German gristel ("gristle").

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