General English


  • Dense elastic connective tissue in the body which is especially prominent around joints. The younger the animal, the softer and more gelatinous it is. It is solubilized by long slow cooking and adds body to a cooking liquor, hence the use of calves’ feet in stews.


  • noun thick connective tissue which lines and cushions the joints and which forms part of the structure of an organ. Cartilage in small children is the first stage in the formation of bones.


  • noun the tough elastic tissue that is found in the nose, throat and ear and in other parts of the body