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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gill
Senses
  1. [Anat] An organ for aquatic respiration; a branchia."Fishes perform respiration under water by the gills." [Ray.]
  2. pl.[Bot] The radiating, gill-shaped plates forming the under surface of a mushroom.
  3. [Zoöl] The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a fowl; a wattle.
  4. The flesh under or about the chin.
  5. [Spinning] One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer parallel filaments.

    Etymology: Prob. so called from F. aiguilles, needles. Ure.

Note: Gills are usually lamellar or filamentous appendages, through which the blood circulates, and in which it is exposed to the action of the air contained in the water. In vertebrates they are appendages of the visceral arches on either side of the neck. In invertebrates they occupy various situations.

Etymology: Dan. giælle gelle; akin to Sw. gäl, Icel. gjölnar gills; cf. AS. geagl geahl, jaw

noun Gill
A two-wheeled frame for transporting timber.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

noun Gill
A leech.
noun Gill
A woody glen; a narrow valley containing a stream.

Etymology: Icel. gil

noun Gill
A measure of capacity, containing one fourth of a pint.

Etymology: OF. gille gelle, a sort of measure for wine, LL. gillo gello., Cf. Gallon

noun Gill
Senses
  1. A young woman; a sweetheart; a flirting or wanton girl."Each Jack with his Gill." [B. Jonson.]
  2. [Bot] The ground ivy (Nepeta Glechoma); -- called also gill over the ground, and other like names.
  3. Malt liquor medicated with ground ivy.

Etymology: Abbrev. from Gillian

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  1. Respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water
  2. Any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus
  3. A United States liquid unit equal to 4 fluid ounces
  4. A British imperial capacity unit (liquid or dry) equal to 5 fluid ounces or 142.066 cubic centimeters
Wiktionary

From Middle English gile (“gill”), from Old Norse gjǫlnar (“lips”), from Proto-Germanic *gelunaz (“jaw”), related to Ancient Greek χεῖλος (kheîlos, “lip”).

  1. (animal anatomy) A breathing organ of fish and other aquatic animals.
  2. (of a fish) A gill slit or gill cover.
    Gill nets are designed to catch a fish by the .
  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.
  4. (animal anatomy) The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a fowl; a wattle.
  5. (figuratively) The flesh under or about the chin; a wattle.
  6. (spinning) One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer parallel filaments.

From Old French gille (“a wine measure”), from Medieval Latin gillo (“earthenware jar”), possibly from Gaulish gallā (“vessel”).

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

From Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil

  1. (Britain) rivulet
  2. (Britain) ravine

Etymology uncertain.

  1. A two-wheeled frame for transporting timber.

Clipping of gillian, from the female name Gillian.

  1. A female ferret.
  2. (obsolete) A promiscuous woman; harlot, wanton.
  3. (obsolete) A prostitute.

    gill was also found in the following language(s): Irish and Scottish Gaelic

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    Gill Landry is a bluegrass music and progressive bluegrass musician. He plays Guitar, Banjo, Steel guitar, Resonator guitar, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1998. Gill was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States.

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    Gill Byrd is an american football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gill was born on February 20th, 1961 in San Francisco.

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    Gill Marcus is a Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and Governor of theSouth African Reserve Bank. Gill was born on August 10th, 1949 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    Gill was born in 1983. Gill is also known as Rosenberg and Gillian.

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    He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Gill was born on April 23rd, 1969 in Hong Kong. Gill is also known as Kiu Bo Bo.

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    Gill Dennis was a film director, film producer, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was most prominent from 1973 to 2015. Gill was born on January 25th, 1941 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He left this life on May 13th, 2015.

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    Johnny Gill is a contemporary r&b, soul music, pop music, and new jack swing musician. He plays Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Percussion instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1982. Johnny was given the name Johnny Gill, Jr. on May 22nd, 1966. Johnny is also known as J.G., Johnny G., and J. Skillz.

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    Vince Gill is a country music, bluegrass music, blue-eyed soul, country pop, and southern rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Vince was given the name Vincent Grant Gill on April 12th, 1957 in Norman, Oklahoma, United States.

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    Jimmy Shergill is an actor, film producer, and producer. He has been prominent since 1992. Jimmy was given the name Jasjit Singh Gill on December 3rd, 1970 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Jimmy is also known as Jimmy Sheirgill.

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    Eric Gill was an artist in the fields of sculpture and typography. Eric was given the name Arthur Eric Rowton Gill on February 22nd, 1882 in Steyning, Sussex, England. He breathed his last breath on November 17th, 1940.

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    Michel Gill is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to 1984. Michel was born on April 16th, 1960 in New York City.

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    A. A. Gill is a writer. A. was given the name Adrian Anthony Gill on June 28th, 1954 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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    How popular is the baby name Gill in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1884 5 0 5
    1913 8 0 8
    1914 8 0 8
    1916 7 0 7
    1919 6 0 6
    1920 7 0 7
    1921 7 0 7
    1922 5 0 5
    1924 9 0 9
    1925 10 0 10
    1926 6 0 6
    1927 6 0 6
    1928 10 0 10
    1929 7 0 7
    1933 12 0 12
    1934 7 0 7
    1935 7 0 7
    1936 8 0 8
    1937 5 0 5
    1938 6 0 6
    1939 8 0 8
    1940 11 0 11
    1941 15 0 15
    1942 12 0 12
    1943 21 0 21
    1944 6 0 6
    1945 14 0 14
    1946 18 0 18
    1947 30 0 30
    1948 37 6 31
    1949 31 5 26
    1950 40 0 40
    1951 43 0 43
    1952 33 0 33
    1953 38 5 33
    1954 35 0 35
    1955 42 6 36
    1956 50 7 43
    1957 39 5 34
    1958 42 0 42
    1959 40 0 40
    1960 24 0 24
    1961 28 0 28
    1962 34 6 28
    1963 27 0 27
    1964 34 10 24
    1965 21 0 21
    1966 19 5 14
    1967 12 0 12
    1968 17 0 17
    1969 16 0 16
    1970 13 0 13
    1971 13 0 13
    1972 13 0 13
    1973 13 0 13
    1974 9 0 9
    1975 9 0 9
    1976 10 0 10
    1977 7 0 7
    1978 9 0 9
    1979 9 0 9
    1980 5 0 5
    1981 8 0 8
    1982 12 0 12
    1983 11 0 11
    1984 6 0 6
    1985 10 0 10
    1986 7 0 7
    1987 6 0 6
    1988 6 0 6
    1989 5 0 5
    1990 9 0 9
    1991 6 0 6
    1992 10 0 10
    1993 10 0 10
    1994 5 0 5
    1995 6 0 6
    1996 12 0 12
    1997 5 0 5
    1998 7 0 7
    1999 9 0 9
    2000 6 0 6
    2002 5 0 5
    2004 5 0 5
    2005 8 0 8
    2006 5 0 5

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Gill U.S.
      White 65.23% 64.26%
      African American 13.96% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.74% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Gill are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Gill

    • How Popular is the name Gill? Gill is the 9,073rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Gill was the 435th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Gill have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,272 babies born with the first name Gill in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gill to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gill? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Gill first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gill is Monday, December 1st, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Gill born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gill was in 1951 with a total of 43 babies.
    • Random Gill Factoid: According to the 1955 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gill is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1955.
    • Weird things about the name Gill: Your name in reverse order is Llig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilgl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Gill? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 74,948 people with the last name Gill.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gill? Gill was ranked as the 435th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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