kish·ke also kish·ka (kĭshkə)
1. Beef or chicken intestine that is stuffed with a seasoned mixture of matzo meal or flour, onion, and suet and is prepared by boiling and roasting. Also called derma, stuffed derma.
2. also kishkes Informal The abdomen or guts: The ball hit me in the kishkes.
[Yiddish, from Russian kishka, intestine; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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